Rafael Nadal claims his record 7th Roland Garros title as he defeats world no.1 Novak Djokovic 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5 in the final.
The match was suspended yesterday due to rain and had to be finished today.
With this win, Nadal surpasses Bjorn Borg’s 6 titles and it is only hard to imagine someone ever breaking Rafa’s record again.
Both players came onto the court at 1pm Paris time and the match was set to resume, Djokovic leading 2-1 in the fourth set with Rafa 2 sets to 1 up.
It was the Spaniard who started off stronger, breaking the Serb right away and the set was back on track. Djoko was being a little less aggressive than yesterday and Rafa took advantage of it. Stepping up the pace, he controlled most of the rallies and didn’t allow the world no.1 to step inside the baseline too often.
There were no futher breaks of serve until the 12th game, when the Spaniard sensed the big opportunity to end this encounter. Unfortunately for Djokovic, his serve let him down in the key moments, and with a double fault at 5-6 and 30-40 down, Nadal fell to the ground and the celebrations could begin.
Here is how it happened:
Nadal vs Djokovic Monday finish:
4th set 7-5
7-5! Djoko double faults and Nadal falls to the ground in celebration!
40:30 Matchpoint Rafa! Forehand winner and he is one point away from a 7th Roland Garros crown!
30:30 Unforced error from Djokovic and Rafa is just two points away from victory!
15:30 Djoko comes in to the net, Rafa lifts up the ball but the Serb puts away the smash with confidence
15:15 Djoko’s misses a backhand down the line
0:15 Rafa hits an inside out forehand in the net
6-5 – Nadal holds, after a long rally he pushes Djokovic back, comes in to the net to play a forehand volley dropshot – Djoko’s lob lands just a bit long
40:30 The Serb just doesn’t seem to play the big points as well as yesterday in set 3 and 4
30:30 Forehand winner from Djoko!
30:15 Little confusion as Djoko hits a forehand winner after cleaning the line before. Nadal stops play and points at the mark, thinking it’s long, but the umpire doesn’t even get off his chair as he thinks Nadal played on the point
30:0 Ace! Only the 4th for Nadal in this match
15:0 Nadal attacks Djokovic’s backhand, Djoko hits a backhand slice wide
5-5 – Everything is open in this set, with Nadal back on serve. Even the sun comes out for a brief moment
15:40 Another winner from the world no.1 after a very decent rally
15:30 Djoko backhand down the line winner
15:15 Unforced forehand error from the Serb, after a couple of shots hits it long
0:15 Djokovic hits a massive forehand inside out, forces an error
After a couple of minutes of break, the players come out again to continue the final!
5-4 – Nadal holds, Djokovic will have to serve to stay in the match…But the rain forces to suspend play once again!
30:0 Rafa seems to be a lot more confident on his serve, moving Djokovic around the court and waiting for a short ball to finish the rally
4-4 - Ace! Djoko fulfills his duty, Rafa back on serve
30:40 Serve and volley, Djoko brave as Rafa hits the return in the net
30:30 An unforced error from the Serb, the Spaniard eyes his huge chance here
15:30 Rafa defends well, but Djoko manages to force an error and is two poits away from levelling the set
4-3 – Rafa shows off his crushing forehand, holds to 15. Djoko helping him with a couple of unforced errors. Nadal finishes the game with some superb defence, hits a winner to take it. It is getting dark again over Paris…
As Djokovic starts the 8th game on serve, the rain starts coming down again..
3-3 – Nole holds to 15 with an umpire overrule. Has to fight for this one, but knows that he can’t afford to drop his serve again, otherwise Rafa could wrap this one up and destroy Djokovic’s dream of a Golden Slam.
3-2 – The Spaniard holds to love and he is in aggressive mood just like in the first two sets yesterday. The relatively dry court and not so heavy balls (in comparison to Sunday) seem to favour the defending champion more
2-2 – Nadal manages to break the Serb and the set is back on track. Djokovic comes up with a couple of unforced errors and it reminds of his slow start yesterday. The Spaniard finishes the game with a lucky passing shot, when he hits the tape to lure Djoko in and then hits a backhand cross-court to level the set
Players just warming up on the Philippe Chartier center court in Paris as the crowd are still entering the stadium.
Everyone will be hoping for the weather to stay nice and dry, so this final gets on the way and we will find out the name of the 2012 Roland Garros champion.