Nadal conquers French opens for seventh time

June 12, 2012 13:25
Nadal conquers French opens for seventh time

Rafael Nadal claims his seventh French Opens title at te Roland Garros on Monday. The initial play was delayed due to rain but that did not dampen the champion his 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic is a classic example. Nadal's prowess on the clay court dispelled the chances of Djokovic on his grand slam run. "This tournament is, for me, the most special tournament of the world," Nadal said.

The clash of titans was the most unpredicatable between the second seeded Spanish Nadal and Number one Djokovic at Paris. The match was interrupted by rains but later resumed. The interruption had its toll on the champion who lost his cool against the Spaniard. The match ended on Djokovic's double-fault, a fittingly awkward conclusion to a final that had plenty of stops and starts.

"It was a very difficult match against the best player in the world," Nadal said. "I lost three Grand Slam finals-Wimbledon, the U.S. Open last year, and the Australian Open this year. I'm very happy, very emotional." This is his seventh French opens title in the last eight years. Nadal won his 11th overall Grand Slam title, tying him with Borg and Laver for fourth among the all-time leaders.

The sportive Djokovic certified, "He's definitely the best player in history on this surface and the results are showing that he's one of the best-ever players to play this game."

"But I don't find an excuse in that," Djokovic said, speaking of the decision to halt play Sunday night. "The better player won today, so congratulations on that."(With inputs from internet-AarKay)

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