Nadal Defeats Novak Djokovic to Claim Ninth French Open Title…

Rafael Nadal is still the King of Clay

The 28-year-old Spanish tennis star won an unprecedented ninth title at the French Open, defeating Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4, in the men’s final at Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal

Their match couldn’t compare to last year’s five-set classic in the semifinals or their six-hour duel at the Australian Open in 2012 but the final outcome has allowed Nadal to tie Pete Sampras with 14 major titles, three behind the all-time leader Roger Federer.

Djokovic’s victory over Nadal in the Rome final in May, his fourth straight overall against the left-hander, gave his fans greater hope.

“My best wasn’t (like it was) against him in Rome,” Djokovic told reporters.

Nadal stormed into this year’s finale in record time — for him — playing a near flawless three final sets against 2013 finalist David Ferrer, crushing Andy Murray in the semis and lifting his game when it mattered against Djokovic, minus a rare hiccup late in the fourth set.

“Mentally I was so strong,” said Nadal. “I really wanted to defeat him. When there were problems cropping up, I managed to find the solutions.”

With the win, Nadal is now 66-1 at the French Open, with those nine titles alongside.

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