French Open: Nadal is tres bien in winning his ninth title

Rafael Nadal wins the French Open today in Paris.
Rafael Nadal wins the French Open for the ninth time, today in Paris.

Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic renewed the best rivalry in men’s tennis, this time they met on the red clay Roland Garros, in Paris, for  yet another French Open Final.

The day belonged to Nadal, as he won the 2014 French Open title in four sets 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, and 6-4. It was the ninth time that Nadal has won the French Open title.

It was the two best players in men’s tennis battling toe-to-toe more like two boxers. They traded shot after shot like punches leaving both men winded and spent from giving their all to win this title.

The clay of Roland Garros is where Nadal reigns supreme. The Spaniard’s nine French Open singles titles, more than anyone else. His win  today ties him with Henri Cochet, one of the musketeers for whom Roland Garros was built, for most overall titles by a man. The Frenchman won five doubles titles and four singles titles, to claim most titles here by a man.

The win assault also brings Nadal a fifth consecutive French title, breaking a tie with Bjorn Borg, who won four straight between 1978 and 1981. It would also be Nadal’s 14th Grand Slam title, bringing him level with Pete Sampras in second, behind Roger Federer, on the all-time list. Nadal also becomes the first man to win a slam title in 10 consecutive seasons.