The Seven Wonders of Rafael Nadal Resides at Roland Garros
There is one King in Paris. Come rain or shine, clay or mud, Sunday or Monday, Rafael Nadal owns Roland Garros.
He won his record seventh French Open title Monday, returning a day after the game being suspended to a 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 victory over Novak Djokovic, who he lost three Grand Slam finals — Wimbledon, the U.S. Open last year, and the Australian Open this year.
Djokovic is clearly the better player at this point in time but Nadal succeeded in holding him back in his quest to make history with the “Novak Slam.”
“This tournament is, for me, the most special tournament of the world,” Nadal said.
After serving his fourth double-fault of the match, the top-seeded Djokovic dropped his head, looked defeated and walked slowly toward the net — an emotional two-day adventure complete, and not with the result he had anticipated.
“It was a very difficult match against the best player in the world,” Nadal said. Nadal won his 11th overall Grand Slam title, tying him with Borg and Laver for fourth among the all-time leaders.
“He’s definitely the best player in history on this surface and the results are showing that he’s one of the best-ever players to play this game,” Djokovic said.
Djokovic will still remain No.1 and rightfully so but Rafael Nadal is clearly the King of the Clay.
In the Women’s French Open Maria Sharapova beat surprise finalist Sara Errani of Italy 6-3, 6-2 to win her first French Open title and become the 10th woman with a career Grand Slam.
“It’s a wonderful moment in my career,” the 25-year-old Sharapova told the crowd in French, before switching to English to add: “I’m really speechless. It’s been such a journey for me to get to this stage.”
There’s something special about Sharapova’s fourth career Grand Slam title; the first since her shoulder was fixed. She overcame the odds coming to Paris, rounding out the quartet at a spot that always seemed to present the most difficulties.
She has returned and became No.1in WTA’s rankings. Congrats to Ms. Sharapova.