Rafael Nadal (above, right) defeated the No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic (above, left) in the rain-delayed French Open final to pass tennis great Bjorn Borg for most titles won at the major with seven. It is easily Nadal’s best major – he is virtually unbeatable on the clay surface. The next-most titles he has at a major are two wins at Wimbledon.
Djokovic was stopped in his quest to be the first man since Rod Laver to win four consecutive majors. He had topped Nadal in the previous three – defeating Rafa at 2011 Wimbledon, 2011 U.S. Open and 2012 Australian Open. Their rivalry was the first to meet up at four Slam finals in a row.
Nadal is 52-1 all time at the French Open. His only loss came in 2009 to Roger Soderling and Rafa later admitted he was battling injuries and off-the-court family problems at the time.
After the match, Nadal tells NBC’s John McEnroe, “For me the comparison to the great Borg is a great honor.”
The next Slam event for the tennis stars is the 2012 Wimbledon Championship, which will take place June 25 to July 8 in London, England.