Rafa Nadal crushed David Ferrer in French Open 2013 final to conquer Roland Garros for the eighth time.
By destroying his fellow-Spaniard Ferrer in the Sunday’s final, Nadal, seed number three at this year’s edition of Roland Garros, has become the first player to have won the same tournament eight times in the Open Era.
In the final match that lasted two hours and sixteen minutes the king of clay scored 5 aces, 35 winners (13 more than Ferrer) and converted half of his break point opportunities (8/16), whilst fourth-seeded Ferrer, who was playing his first Grand Slam final, was successful only three times in twelve attempts.
Rafa broke the deadlock in the third game of the opener, yet his challenger pegged back straight away before suffering another loss of serve in the seventh game. Nadal confirmed the break and closed out the set by adding another one in the follow-up game. He marched on in the second set where he acquired a 3-0 lead before letting Ferrer get on the board after dropping six games in a row. Nadal then rescued four break balls in the fifth game to hold on to his advantage which he doubled three games later as Ferrer conceded a double fault and gave away the set number two as well.
The crucial moment of the set three came in the eighth game where Nadal consolidated his second break to move 5-3 ahead and serve for his twelfth Grand Slam trophy next – he tucked away the first match ball at 40-15 with a forehand winner. End result: 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.
“It was a very emotional, very important victory for me. This remained the step after the comeback from the injury,” Nadal said after the match. “I won at a 250 first, then a 500, then a Masters 1000, so the Grand Slam remained.”