Rafael Nadal has won his record eighth French Open title defeating his fellow Spanish companion David Ferrer in straight-sets 6-3 6-2 6-3.
It was a well-welcomed victory for Nadal who only returned to the ATP world circuit in February having been out of action for 8 months with a knee injury
Today’s triumph was Nadal’s 12th career Grand Slam title, which was nothing short of easy with light rain threatening and a court invader in the second set.
Fourth seed Ferrer momentarily held the lead in the first set by breaking serve early but Nadal stepped up and claimed two breaks himself and the advantage.
Nadal had total control of the second set. He was serving for the set at 5-1 when a shirtless protester invaded the famous clay court wielding a red flare and wearing a white mask.
Security quickly apprehended the protester, who got within meters of Nadal. A sight no sports fan wants to see, and brought back memories of when Monica Seles was stabbed in the back by an invader during a Quarter-Final match in Hamburg.
Nadal didn’t seem to be bothered all that much by the disruption and closed out the set 6-2.
He then appeared to be in a rush to get on with the third set breaking serve right away but his, what looked to be, impatience cost him some unforced errors and was broken back.
He regained composure to break back at 5-3 and went on to finish the game in 2 hours and 16 minutes.
After the match an emotional Rafael said: “It’s one of the most special ones,”
“In the last year I have had some low moments but without my family I would not have done this. Without my physio I could not have done this. I never realised something like this could happen for me.”
First time finalist Ferrer said: “I enjoyed the two weeks here. I congratulate Rafa, he’s the best,”
“I will try my best to have another chance to play in a final and win a grand slam.”
Rafa now becomes the first man to win the same Grand Slam title eight times ahead of Pete Sampras and Roger Federer who hold seven Wimbledon titles.
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