PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 11: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates victory in the men's singles final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia during day 16 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 11, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)
Rafael Nadal knocked off rival Novak Djokovic on Monday to claim his seventh French Open title.
Rafael Nadal faced two opponents in the French Open final on Sunday and Monday: the rain, and Novak Djokovic. Neither proved to be enough to slow down the man that will likely go down as the best clay court player of all-time, as Nadal defeated Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 to claim his record seventh French Open victory. Nadal clinched the championship on Djokovic's fourth double-fault of the day, which capped off a match that was thoroughly dominated by the Spaniard.
Djokovic was looking to win his fourth straight major title, but beating Nadal at Roland Garros may be one of the most difficult things to do in sports. Nadal, in fact, has some experience in halting would-be personal grand slams: in both 2006 and 2007 he defeated Roger Federer at the French as the latter was looking to complete a personal slam.
With his victory today, Nadal moved past Bjorn Borg and into first place as the player with the most French Open titles of all-time. He also improved his career record at Roland Garros to 52-1.