9 Jun 2014

Nadal wins in Paris again

11:53 am on 9 June 2014

World men's tennis number one Rafa Nadal won a record-extending ninth French Open title when he beat Serbian second seed Novak Djokovic in four sets in the final.

The Spaniard won 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4 to become the first man to win five successive titles at Roland Garros, taking his overall grand slam tally to 14, which equals the mark of American great Pete Sampras, and puts Nadal just three major victories behind the all-time record of Switzerland's Roger Federer.

Djokovic, who was looking to become the eighth man to complete a career grand slam, made a great start but appeared to suffer from the heat and humidity after losing the second set and double-faulted when serving at 4-5 in the fourth set.

He was left utterly dejected and with a strange sense of deja vu, having also surrendered the 2012 final with a double fault.

Nadal, who has only lost one of his 67 matches on the Paris clay, fell on his knees when Djokovic double-faulted on the first match point.