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King of Clay, Rafael Nadal wins his ninth French Open title
Rafael Nadal, the king of red clay once again won the French Open for a staggering ninth time defeating Novak Djokovic in the finals, with the score reading 3-6, 7-5, 6-2 and 6-4. In the last ten years, it is only in 2009 that the player failed to lift aloft the French Open, as he was knocked out in the fourth round then.

As usual, the favourite for the competition, Nadal showed his class throughout the competition, where he only last two sets - against David Ferrer and also Djokovic in the finals of the competition. It was the class and determination of Nadal that helped him come back into the finals after losing the first set of the finals.

Though the Serbian brought his A class game at Roland Garros, but when it comes to the Spaniard, he always has an upper-hand, irrespective of the opponent and that is exactly what happened in the finals. Nadal with his determination got past the Serb on many a counts. Djokovic did not play a bad game, but it was Nadal and his beast mode in the clay court, which helped Nadal win the title.

Djokovic was full of praise for the class of Nadal. Djokovic, post-match said, "It's a very emotional day for me, for my team. I gave my maximum. I played with all my strength and force and capabilities but Rafa was the better player on the court. Congratulations to him,'' reported NDTV.

With this grand slam in his kitty, Nadal has moved closer to Federer' record of 16 grand slam trophies, as Nadal has won 14 so far. With the rate at which Nadal is going, Federer's record in under huge threat with Nadal looking strong for another three to four years, which means at least four to five grand slams. He can even play with the same energy, determination and class, until he is hit bu injuries, as he is just 28 years old.

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