Roland Garros 2014: Nadal’s 9th title

The King of Clay has reigned supreme for yet another year.

Spaniard tennis player Rafael Nadal took home the French Open Grand Slam trophy yesterday in Paris. The currently no. 1 ranked player in the world has managed to win a total of 9 titles at the French Open, making him the world record holder for the most Grand Slam titles in one of the four major tournaments. Remarkably, Nadal has dominated the French Open – the only clay-court tournament out of the 4 Grand Slams – since 2005, interrupted only once in 2009 by currently no. 4 ranked Roger Federer.

Nadal defeated no. 2 ranked Serbian Novak Djokovic in the 4 set final. After losing the first set, Nadal made a comeback and fought hard in the second set, easily breezing through the last two sets; { (3,6) (7,5) (6,2) (6,4) }. Nadal consistently optimized his powerful forehand to counter Djokovic’s persistent around the court. About halfway through the game, Nadal began emitting his popular screams of triumph that galvanized the crowd’s energy and as a result, his own. Throughout each set, he displayed his strength and endurance through his forceful forehand strokes and his amazing ability to impossibly revive rallies that are seemingly over. His darting back and forth from ball to ball showed his true mastery of the clay court.

Nadal won his 9th French Open. (credits: http://www.trbimg.com/)

Additionally, Nadal is now tied with tennis legend Pete Sampras for the second most Grand Slam titles, with 14. With this victorious momentum, it is likely that Nadal can surpass Roger Federer’s current record of 17  Grand Slams. At the young age of 29, Nadal still has a strong and successful career in front of him, and he doesn’t seem to be slowing down in the slightest. Until then, Nadal still has Wimbledon and US Open to play in this year, which can bring him one step closer to Federer’s Grand Slam record.

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