Rafael Nadal beat Roger Federer 7-5, 7-6, 5-7, 6-1 in the finals of the French Open on Sunday to take his sixth Roland Garros title and tie Bjorn Borg’s all time record for titles in Paris.
Rafa put on quite a display this tournament. The five time champ actually had something to prove in Paris: Novak was the sexy pick for the title, he had to play five sets for the first time – in the first round, no less – and whether it was the new Babolat balls or a simple lack of mojo, Rafa just wasn’t emitting that usual orangey-red King of Clay patina. And not only was he competing against Nole and Co., he also had Bjorn Borg to contend with.
Most impressive of all was Nadal’s performance in the final. Roger Federer played a nearly flawless first set against him, took the second to a tiebreak and managed to extend it to four sets by winning the third yet Rafa still found a way to win it in four. It was the toughest test he’s had on this court and on this occasion and the guy passed with flying colors.
At 25, Rafa now has 10 major titles, and the title of G.O.A.T in his sights.
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