June 11th, 2012
08:14 AM ET

Rafael Nadal wins record seventh French Open title on Djokovic double-fault

Rafael Nadal won the French Open on Monday after Novak Djokovic double-faulted on match point one day after their match was halted by rain, according to the tournament's website.

Nadal's win in Paris marks his record-breaking seventh French Open title on the clay court. The final score was 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5.

Rain twice interrupted the final at Roland Garros stadium before play was suspended with the Spaniard, Nadal, leading 6-4 6-3 2-6 1-2.

However the match is delicately poised given Djokovic won eight games in a row before the halt to give himself a fighting chance of becoming the first man since 1969 to hold all four majors at the same time, and only the third ever.

That run of winning games also included a break of serve in the fourth set, which will give the world No. 1 hope that he is in the ascendancy.

Aiming for a record seventh crown at Roland Garros, second-ranked Nadal made a blistering start as he broke Djokovic twice in the opening three games.

The two best players in the world traded strokes of such power at times it was like watching a couple of heavyweight boxers, and more ferocity from Nadal allowed the Mallorcan to break Djokovic for a third time.

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  1. alko

    I lost a lot of respect for Nadal crying to the umpire about the rain, because it wasn't about the rain. Afterall, it was raining since the match started and he was up 2 sets to none. Besides, he was born on clay and has seen lots of rain. He was just upset because he lost 8 straight games. Djokovic had all the momentum and the game was stopped, because Nadal started crying. I feel bad for Djokovic.

    June 11, 2012 at 9:24 am | Report abuse |
  2. Mark

    What the hell are you talking about, Veal?
    @philip: you said you had no telivision. Didja watch it at the bar?

    June 11, 2012 at 9:25 am | Report abuse |
  3. sd

    i agree with the statement about the rain delay affecting the outcome. I think one of Djokovics strengths is his endurance and ability to keep his game at such a high level entering the later sets.

    June 11, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse |
  4. V.P.

    I for one am happy that Nadal won. Djoker's family was a total disgrace, with all of their unnecessary cheering! You go Nadal.

    June 11, 2012 at 9:28 am | Report abuse |
    • knez011

      Djokovic's family has nothing to do with him – he did not choose them. If you have comments on Djoko's actions, you are welcome to post them., otherwise your statement is irrelevant.

      June 12, 2012 at 3:15 am | Report abuse |
  5. g.d

    congradulation for both players they all the best!!

    June 11, 2012 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  6. eroteme

    Sounds like Djokovic may be a bit similar to McEnroe, our hero, of a few years past.

    June 11, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse |
    • samba

      McEnroe a true Rafa hater !!

      June 12, 2012 at 1:29 am | Report abuse |
  7. 900rr

    congrats to Nadal! from Serbian dude ....

    June 11, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
  8. unblvble

    May the best win, we need to be more sportive than taking sides. As we all know in a game, one wins and one loses, no need to be acidic over anything, cheers ladies and gentlemen

    June 11, 2012 at 10:10 am | Report abuse |
  9. Keir Weimer

    Keir Weimer thinks this is an amazing feat, and congratulations are in order for Monsieur Nadal. Nadal has consistently met and exceeded expectations over the duration of his career, and this most recent coup is certainly another notch for his ledger.

    Keir Weimer hopes Nadal can continue his path to more victories and and even firmer place in tennis history. Congratulations to an outstanding tennis player!

    -Keir Weimer

    June 11, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  10. So Sue Me...

    If the match had finished on Sunday, Djokovic would have won. A rested Nadal was able to win on Monday. I love watching Nadal, but I get really tired of his excuses when he loses. A while back... it was too windy, so he lost. Seems he forgets both players play with the same court conditions. His inability to lose with dignity is what keeps him from being my choice for champion.

    June 11, 2012 at 10:48 am | Report abuse |
    • samba

      Wow....DJ has more excuses than any player I have ever seen, from contact lenses to asthma... really , did you forget?

      June 12, 2012 at 1:26 am | Report abuse |
    • samba

      two sets down>>>.I don’t think so !!

      June 12, 2012 at 1:31 am | Report abuse |
    • jodi

      first Rafa did not need to be 'rested' on monday – he had a very easy tournament physically and is one of the fittest players on tour – secondly he does not make excuses for his losses – he is always very honest about what he did wrong and his opponents did right – why do you think he's been voted by his peers 'sportsman of the year' so many times....? Rafa won fair and square.

      June 12, 2012 at 8:12 am | Report abuse |
  11. Iceman777

    Great win Raffy. You deserve it. Now if Spain could only do away with those annoying blue clay tennis courts.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:10 am | Report abuse |
  12. wasso

    Djoko is a fair-weather joker. When things are going his way, he's a regular Mr Wise Guy. Otherwise, his true colors are evident to all.

    June 11, 2012 at 11:19 am | Report abuse |
    • samba

      Well said !!

      June 12, 2012 at 1:30 am | Report abuse |
  13. K C

    It really was unfortunate that the weather affected this match. Novak had the momentum at the time the match was weather delayed and we will really never know how it would have turned out had the weather not been a factor. Yes, Novak lost his temper with the racket, but Rafa lost his temper when he barked at the Referee regarding the timing of when the match was delayed. Rafa was embarrased losing 8 games in a row and dropping the 3rd set. Rafa wanted the match to be played earlier, but the Referee did not have control of when the match was scheduled, only the sponsors and folks with the money determined that (TV Stations too) far in advance (Probably a year ago). Hopefully next year it will be a better situation for everyone, players, fans and everyone who worked the tournament. P.S.: it will be great to see Novak play once he's over the emotional loss of his grandfather whom he was very close to only a month or so ago. It must be really hard for his concentration while struggling with grief.

    June 11, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
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