Nadal remains King of Clay, wins his 6th French Open title

Written by: Biswajeet Panda
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Rafael Nadal
Paris, Jun 6: King Nadal, is back again to assert his supremacy in World Tennis as he once again slayed Roger Federer, to win his sixth French Open title. The victory has now put him on par with Bjorn Borg, as the winner of the most number of French Open Men's singles title. It also ensured that his stay at the top of the rankings is prolonged a bit more after Novak Djokovic scared to take it away.

Rafa, as he is referred to by his fans, overcame an inspired Roger Federer at the Roland Garros by 7-5 7-6 5-7 6-1.

In the post match conference, an ecstatic Nadal said "It's fantastic to win this final against the player who's certainly the best in the world, the best in history. It's a very special, outstanding tournament for me. It's one of my wildest dreams come true."

This is the eighth time, the duo widely referred to as the two best tennis players of this generation met in a grand slam final. Nadal has got the better of Federer on six occasions, four of them in the French Open alone.

Federer on his part was sombre in defeat, but nevertheless acknowledged that the one who played the best won the title. He said, "Congratulations to Rafa for having won the tournament once again. He played a super match today."

Earlier, Federer started the proceedings in the right earnest, as a hugely partisan crowd roared his name to spur him up against his bete noir. He started the game with a trademark belligerent serve and snatched Nadal's serve on the fourth time.

There was more hope for Federer as Nadal had to powder his blistered foot and with him leading the game 5-2, it was Federer who was appearing as the clear-cut favourite for the match. But then Nadal, who unlike Federer plays a very physical game rallied from behind with some gutsy stroke-play to win the first set.

Then after it was a topsy-turvy affair, as expected when two very fine players clash. Fortunes swung from one end to another, but in the end it was Nadal, who appeared physically and mentally more strong to survive the rigours of the clash and thus pumped his fists to mark the sixth French Open title.

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