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'Unforgettable' win for Nadal

2012-06-11 15:10

Paris - Rafael Nadal described his record-setting seventh French Open triumph as an "unforgettable" moment after the Spanish world No 2 defeated Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in Monday's final.

Victory took Nadal past the six Roland Garros titles he shared with Swedish legend Bjorn Borg and his career majors total to eleven.

"It is an honour and for me the most important tournament, the greatest in my eyes," said Nadal.

"This is an unforgettable moment for me, there are a lot of emotions. It was a privilege to play against one of the best players in the world."

World No 1 Djokovic added: "Congratulations to Rafa and his team for another title, he is a great player. But I hope to come back next year and do even better."

For five-time major winner Djokovic, the Wimbledon, US Open and Australian Open champion, it was the end of his dream of emulating Don Budge (1938) and Rod Laver (1962 and 1969) by holding all the four Grand Slams at once.

The Serb, who now turns his attention to defending his Wimbledon title in two weeks' time, said he was determined to take positives out of reaching his first Roland Garros final.

He broke the Nadal serve - which was only broken once in the tournament before the final - seven times in all, but was undone by his 53 unforced errors.

But he admitted that he had been disappointed when the final had been halted for a second and last time on a rain-plagued Sunday with him having taken the third set and standing 2-1 in the fourth with a break of serve.

"I started to lay better in the third set. I hoped to play a fifth set. The first interruption (a set and 5-3 down in the second set) helped me. But the second break did not," he said.

"The playing conditions were not good. But it's not anybody's fault, and it's not the reason why I lost today.

"I reached the final for the first time here, so I wouldn't change anything. Everything happens for a reason."

2012 French Open winners:

Men's Singles - Rafael Nadal (2), Spain
Women's Singles - Maria Sharapova (2), Russia
Men's Doubles - Max Mirnyi, Belarus, and Daniel Nestor (1), Canada
Women's Doubles - Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci (4), Italy
Mixed Doubles - Sania Mirza and Mahesh Bhupathi (7), India
Under 45 Legends - Albert Costa and Carlos Moya, Spain
Over 45 Legends - John and Patrick McEnroe, United States
Women's Legends - Lindsay Davenport, United States, and Martina Hingis, Switzerland
Boys' Singles - Kimmer Coppejans (6), Belgium
Girls' Singles - Annika Beck (2), Germany
Boys' Doubles - Andrew Harris and Nick Kyrgios, Australia
Girls' Doubles - Daria Gavrilova and Irina Khromacheva (2), Russia
Men's Wheelchair Singles - Stephane Houdet (2), France
Women's Wheelchair Singles - Esther Vergeer (1), Netherlands
Men's Wheelchair Doubles - Frederic Cattaneo, France, and Shingo Kunieda, Japan
Women's Wheelchair Doubles - Marjolein Buis and Esther Vergeer (2), Netherlands

AFP

Comments
  • John - 2012-06-11 15:33

    "No one ever gave me anything" NONSENSE 400 Years of white supremacy set your life up and screwed up the lives of billions of people of colour all over the world. What happens in one generation effects the next and the next and the next... generation! You don't seem to get that. If my father was held down, I will be at a major disadvantage. If my forefathers had help from the formal system of white supremacy, I will be at a major advantage. All white people have benefited from an unjust system.

      johan.peters3 - 2012-06-11 15:39

      now where do you come from, its about tennis or do i miss something? im sorry if hurt over so many years(400) is still keeping you down

      The-third - 2012-06-11 15:41

      wow. Not sure what you are on about here but you sound like the kind of person who has little to offer by way of reason. I hope that chip on your shoulder goes the way of the DoDo (sooner the better)... no poor soul should carry such baggage around.

      Godfried - 2012-06-11 15:43

      From which tree did you fell? Who shook your cage boet?

      The-third - 2012-06-11 15:43

      lunatic.

      Bryan - 2012-06-11 15:56

      @Ovaprivelledged..Duse, you have a serious chip on your shoulder! I honestly dont think I have ever heard such a negative person in my life...I pity you, sad little nobody!!!

      Acta - 2012-06-11 16:22

      @Whitey, dude! Are you serious?? This is two europeans playing in europe, that is where all whites origanally come from, and you are going on about that?? I confronted a (black)guy and his gf or wife, on sat night, she was taking a wee in the middle of the parking lot in front of a club. When I asked them if they thought this was decent appropriate and right, they told me I am a racist! Its good to know there is people like this, so the youth would have example of how not to think.

      tim.attwell.77 - 2012-06-11 17:24

      Hey Ovapriveleged/whatever - the only person you are hurting is yourself. By constantly banging on about your historical disadvantages, which are undoubtedly real, you can end up persuading yourself that you can never meaningfully participate or compete in the present or the future. That worries me. I'm worried that you have given up on your future because of a past you had no part in shaping. That way you simply perpetuate that past and remain a victim of it.

      Christopher - 2012-06-11 19:46

      Guys...he says this all the time no matter what subject matter. Its all copy and paste! Check..I can do it. "No one ever gave me anything" NONSENSE 400 Years of white supremacy set your life up and screwed up the lives of billions of people of colour all over the world. What happens in one generation effects the next and the next and the next... generation! You don't seem to get that. If my father was held down, I will be at a major disadvantage. If my forefathers had help from the formal system of white supremacy, I will be at a major advantage. All white people have benefited from an unjust system. Forget about this dude! dont reply to him...

      Christopher - 2012-06-11 19:50

      Nadal well friggin done, Novak, well friggin done! these two tennis players are the best. Novak was always third behind Federer and Nadal, Novak has pushed to another gear in the last year and a half... Well done to Novak,Mr no. 1! and Nadal clay is your baby! Great watching the match, I even skipped work to watch the end of this game! And I am not a great tennis watcher, but these to are like Ayrton Senna and Schumacher at its best!

      maylani.bezuidenhout - 2012-06-11 21:25

      me thinks you're on the wrong page...?

      angling.sa - 2012-06-12 05:37

      Sorry Boet, you are really disadvantaged!!! You simply picked the wrong people to post your drivel about. Do some reading about the history of the Balkans, where Djokovich coms from, it may help you to deal with your impotence.

  • lownabester - 2012-06-11 17:26

    Vamosssssssssss. Rafa, Toni, Moya, Costa, You guys did it, Viva Espana.

  • Christopher - 2012-06-11 19:35

    Well done Nadal and Novak. Both of you are absolute geniuses at your game. Novak you have come from always being third to No 1!

  • rezo.mosepele - 2012-06-11 21:17

    The real king of clay 'NADAL'

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