Nadal wins French Open for 7th time, eclipses Borg's record

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Rafael Nadal
Paris, Jun 11: Rafael Nadal made history by defeating Novak Djokovic in the rain-hit French Open men's final here today. The Spaniard, who was leading by two sets to one when rain forced a suspension yesterday, won the fourth set 7-5 to go past Bjorn Borg's record of six Roland Garros titles.

Djokovic was looking to become the first man since tennis great Rod Laver to win four consecutive majors. The World No 1 gave it his all and even reeled off six straight games to win the third set 6-2 after Nadal had bagged the first two 6-4, 6-3.

Djokovic won the first two games in the fourth set too, only for Nadal to restore parity. Neither player could gain an advantage in the next seven games. In the 12th game, Djokovic served to stay in the match but a double fault on championship point proved to be costly.

The Serbian's mistake meant the match finished earlier than what most fans had wished for. In the end, Nadal proved once again that he is the undisputed king of clay.

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