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Monday, 10 June 2013 18:46

Eighth French Open for Nadal

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Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer 6-3 6-2 6-3 to win the French Open title for a record breaking eighth time.

The win confirms what everyone knew already, that Nadal is truly a great player and well deserved champion of clay. This achievement was even more special, as it came about in spite of his knee injury that he sustained and saw him out of the game for nearly eight months. I am very certain that no one was betting on the 27 year old Spaniard making such a fantastic return!

This year at Roland Garros saw Nadal come through what must have been one the toughest semi finals against Novak Djokovic. It definitely tested his character and fitness, as Novak was merciless and even he had to admit that Rafael was just too good on the day. The finals with David Ferrer would have seemed something of an anti-climax, but the Spanish players did not disappoint. Ferrer made Nadal work hard to keep service games, but in the end Nadal’s class and experience served him well to win the match in straight sets.

At the start of the match both players were nervous, with Nadal going for the history making eighth title and Ferrer in his first major final at the ripe old age of 31. However, the tennis soon settled down and the fans were not disappointed. Nadal focus was magical, and was only briefly interrupted by a spectator invading the court and who was then carted away by officials.

This latest French Open makes Nadal the first player ever to win a tournament eight times. Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Bill Tilden are three of only six players in tennis history to win a title seven times; which once again emphasizes Rafael’s mammoth achievement. The French Open was also the Spaniard’s 12th Grand Slam title, which means he surpasses Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver in the all-time player list. Only two players have more titles, Pete Sampras (14) and Roger Federer (17).

Will we see Nadal make it number 13 at Wimbledon. It will be hard for anyone to bet against him, with his present form and confidence now unbreakable!