Rafael Nadal showed why he is named the ‘King of Clay’ Sunday in Paris. The crown was taken in four sets against Roger Federer, widely considered as the greatest tennis player of all time. The score 7-5, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-1 on Sunday showed how tight the match was. Though this was not an instant classic compared to their other finals match-up still the match was full of action, and suspense.
For the first few games, Federer carried over the same form that allowed him to defeat Djokovic. Up 2-5, Federer sensed weakness in Rafa Nadal and held a set-point on Rafa Nadal’s serve. But this was the turning point of the match. Rafa managed to score 5 straight points to take the opening set, and the second set. By the third set, Federer managed to return back to form but this was not enough as he was just limited to just 1 game on the fourth set, giving Rafa Nadal the crown. With the win, Nadal equaled the achievement made by Bjorn Borg of record six French Open titles, and this sealed the 10th slam of the Spaniard. He is the second youngest player ever to earn a 10th slam. With the win, Rafa extended his own record at the Roland Garros which now stands at 45-1 and he keeps the number 1 ranking. To Federer’s credit, he still showed that he is still part of the conversation. But this win by Rafa will ultimately bear down on the record of Federer. The Spaniard now leads the head to head in grand slam finals, 6-2. Federer may be the greatest tennis player of all time, but he has a losing record against Rafa Nadal, his main rival.