Rafael Nadal wins French Open

By Alex Veeneman on June 11, 2012


Novak Djokovic, who was defeated at today’s French Open final against Rafael Nadal.
(Photo courtesy of Flickr user lestudio1)

The Spanish tennis player Rafael Nadal has won a record seventh French Open title in Paris after defeating the Serbian Novak Djokovic in the final June 11, which had been delayed due to inclement weather.

Nadal admitted going in that he was nervous. “I wasn’t ready for the match until three minutes before,” Nadal said according to a report from the BBC. “That was the first moment since we stopped yesterday that I really felt that I am here to play. I really felt nervous.”

Nadal broke the record of French Open titles previously set by Bjorn Borg, who claimed six titles during his career when playing at Roland-Garros.

Nadal added that the suspension from the weather actually proved favorable for his chances. “It was clearly a good thing for me to stop the match yesterday because of the conditions,” Nadal said according to the report. “The last couple of games, the conditions of the court were not right to play the final of a Grand Slam. We had to stop. The ball was heavier than ever. In my opinion the conditions were much more favorable for Novak than for me.”

Djokovic said that he wouldn’t blame anyone for Nadal’s win. “I’m not going back, saying it’s your fault and your fault because I lost,” Djokovic said according to the BBC. “It’s unfortunate because I was playing better, feeling better on the court in the third set yesterday. Today, he started strong. I started slower. I was a little bit unfortunate in that first game and things turned around. But I don’t find an excuse in that. The better player won today, so congratulations on that.”

Both players now move on to the next major grand slam tournament, Wimbledon, which is due to kick off June 25 in London. Britain’s Andy Murray has expressed his hope for a return of the title to Britain when the tournament concludes in July.

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