Spain’s Rafa Nadal became the first man ever to win seven French Open titles as he defeated Serbia’s Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5 at Roland Garros on Monday.
The Spaniard, who has now surpassed Bjorn Borg, had trailed 2-1 in the fourth set when they resumed on Monday following Sunday’s suspension but he immediately retrieved the break and clinched victory when Djokovic double-faulted.
The world number one, Djokivoc, had been bidding to become the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to hold all four grand slam trophies at once following three successive victories over Nadal, but this time the king of clay turned the tables.
Play had been suspended on Sunday because of rain.
The match was heading towards a fourth-set tiebreak but the number two seed set up a break point in the 12th game and Djokovic’s dream ended with a double fault.