11th of June 2012 Author: Glo Wood
Rafael Nadal won a record seventh French Open title after defeating Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5 on Monday. The match was suspended due to rain on Sunday, and Nadal was leading 6-4 6-3 2-6 1-2 at that point. Djokovic's comeback in the third set made the Serbian player hope for a full comeback but the Spaniard broke back in the first game of Monday. That probably was the crucial moment as Djokovic seemed unable to cope with the pressure and finally folded with a double fault to hand Nadal the 11th Grand Slam of his career.
Nadal had drawn level with Bjorn Borg on six Roland Garros titles last year, and this victory gives him sole ownership of the landmark. And if you consider that he's just 26 year old then you will probably agree that he is likely to have quite a few opportunities to extend that record even further.
There are only three men to have more Grand Slam victories than Nadal at this point: Roger Federer with 16, Pete Sampras on 14 and Roy Emerson on 12.
Djokovic was hoping to become the first man to beat Nadal on clay but the Spaniard gave him no chance. The Serb was on a run of three successive Grand Slam final wins over Nadal but the Roland Garros clay court is the Spaniard's second home as he holds an extraordinary record of just one defeat in the tournament since making his debut in 2005.
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