Rafael Nadal: Set In Clay

9 06 2013

Rafa has done it again.

After his marathon match on Friday against Djokovic, Rafael Nadal was able to dispatch fellow Spaniard David Ferrer with relative ease today, winning 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 and collecting another French Open trophy. With this win, he becomes the first male player to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam event. This tournament truly belongs to Nadal as over the past nine years he has incredibly only lost one match. One. Furthermore, eight of his 12 major titles have come at Paris, and no one can deny that he truly is the king of clay.

Nadal has cemented himself among the all-times greats. If it weren’t for his persistent injuries, Nadal might be challenging Roger Federer on the all-time titles list. As it stands, he is tied for third with Roy Emerson, sitting two behind Pete Sampras and five behind Federer who has 17 total titles. However, recent history has shown that Nadal usually gets the best of his rival in Grand Slam matches, so if he can maintain his health for a couple more years, Roger’s record might be in jeopardy.

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