After dominating his countryman David Ferrer today, Rafael Nadal has secured his 8th title at the French Open. The straight set victory was never in jeopardy as Nadal continued his clay court dominance en route to a 6-3 6-2 6-3 victory in the tournaments final round.
Fans created more fireworks than David Ferrer today, as a fan stormed the court with a flare in hand during the second set. Both players were visibly shaken following the incident, although the fan was quickly tackled into the tunnel and play was able to quickly resume. Look below to see the shirtless fan tackled off the court.
“The situation is under control. It is in the hands of the police,” according to the director of tournament operations Christophe Fagniez when he talked to reporters following the conclusion of the match.
Rafael Nadal has dominated the clay court at Roland Garros throughout his career. The victory now gives the Spaniard an astonishing 59-1 all time record at the venue.
The victory comes after Nadal had sat out seven months due to a knee injury. He has came storming back since his return in February. Since making his comeback, he has played in nine tournaments this year. Showing no signs of rust or lingering pain, he has emerged victorious in an impressive seven of those nine events. The two events he lost, he was the runner up, losing in the final. In those tournaments he has a record of 43-2, winning his past 22 matches.
Celebration of the victory was very professional by Nadal. The good show of sportsmanship was probably due in part to the friendly relationship he has with his opponent and fellow countryman David Ferrer. Rather than showboating around the court like modern athletes tend to so often do, he simply laid down on the court and took in the moment.
Ferrer has many positives to take away from this event despite the defeat. This was the first time in his career that he was able to qualify for a major tournament final. He was zero for his first forty attempts prior to this year’s French Open. Finally getting over that hump is something he will be able to build on moving forward in his career.
Earning his eighth French Open title, he has tied the record for most career wins at a Grand Slam event. Based on how successful he has been in France, and especially at Roland Garros, one can’t help but think that Nadal will soon be in sole possession of the record.
Nadal also moved up on the list of all time Grand Slam event winners, now in third place with twelve victories. He trails Roger Federer’s seventeen career Grand Slam wins, as well as Pete Sampras’ fourteen. If his knee continues to hold up, he has shown us there is plenty of gas left in his tank to move further up this list.
Rafael Nadal beat countryman David Ferrer to earn his 8th French Open title today, beating out his opponent as well as protesters. He continues his remarkable comeback from a knee injury that sidelined for seven months with another win, extending his streak to 22 games and making him one of the hottest athletes in the world.
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