Roland Garros - The 2014 French Open Jun 8, 2014 22:17:19 GMT
Post by Admin on Jun 8, 2014 22:17:19 GMT
Rafael Nadal sealed his dominance at Roland Garros on Sunday. The Spaniard earned his fifth French Open in a row and ninth overall in his win against Serbia's Novak Djokovic. Though Djokovic took an early lead with a first set win, Nadal battled back to win three in a row. He now has 14 Grand Slam championships under his belt and is tied with Pete Sampras for second most total titles.
With the victory, Nadal, who will retain the No. 1 ATP ranking, snapped a four-match losing streak to Djokovic and maintained his dominance over his No. 2 rival at the Grand Slam, having now won nine of their twelve meetings at the majors. Nadal’s win moved him into second place with Pete Sampras for most major titles amongst the men with 14 — just three titles behind Roger Federer’s mark of 17. He also extended the record he set last year to become the first man to win nine titles at any Slam.
It was an emotional match for both men, as the two held back tears during the trophy celebration. Djokovic was playing in his second French Open final and was trying to complete his career Grand Slam. He started out well to take the first set and was the better player for a set and a half. However, he appeared to struggle physically under the Parisian sun, and a poor service game at 5-6 in the second set allowed Nadal to break and level the match.
“It was a great start, [but Nadal] came back in the second. Could have gone to the tiebreak and was quite even,” Djokovic said. “I lost that service game, and then the momentums went his side. I started playing quite bad, you know, and didn’t move as well. Struggled a little bit physically throughout that third set.” Neither man was able to play their best tennis for the next two sets, but Nadal remained steady. With the pressure of match point for Nadal on his shoulders, Djokovic double-faulted to hand over the trophy.