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.
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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.