Rafael Nadal won a record seventh French Open title after emerging a 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5 victor in the final against Novak Djokovic, rained off on Sunday at Roland Garros.
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with hisrelatives after winning against Serbia's Novak Djokovic their Men's Singles final tennis match during the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, on June 11, 2012 - 0
Last year Nadal, who has now won 52 matches at Roland Garros and lost just one, equalled Bjorn Borg’s record of six wins on the Paris clay. On Monday he became the greatest player the tournament has seen.
By contrast Djokovic was denied a career Grand Slam and also the chance to become the first player since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four Slam titles simultaneously.
Djokovic served a double fault to end a brief Monday battle which was packed with tension and drama.
Nadal, who had been two sets up on Sunday and resumed at 6-4 6-3 2-6 1-2 – a break down – immediately broke the world number one Djokovic to get the fourth set back on serve.
The Serbian committed a pair of errors in a game boasting long rallies before Nadal was fortunate to see a shot into the netcord drop the right side of the net. Djokovic got the ball back, but the Spanard pounced to finish the game with a backhand pass.