PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 10: Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a point during the men's singles final against Novak Djokovic of Serbia on day 15 of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 10, 2012 in Paris, France. (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal Wins Record 7th French Open Title

Rafael Nadal breaks Bjorn Borg's French Open record with his seventh title, defeating Novak Djokovic in the completion of the French Open final on Monday.

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Rafael Nadal Still Owns French Open

The 2012 French Open taught us that Rafael Nadal is still the king on clay. What else did we learn on this windy fortnight?

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Rafael Nadal Wins 7th Title At Roland Garros

It was an odd, short day of work for Rafael Nadal. Trailing 2-1 in the fourth set when the 2012 French Open final resumed on Monday, Nadal started hot, dominated his serve, and broke Novak Djokovic to win his seventh French Open title, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. The set featured what appeared to be a one-cloud rainstorm and a 30-second rain delay, but when play “resumed” for a second time, Nadal took care of business.

Serving down 4-5, Djokovic seemed to once again loosen up — he tends to relax and play very well when his back is against the wall, and he won his serve easily. Down 5-6, however, Djokovic cracked a bit, committing a couple of errors and double-faulting on Nadal’s first match point, which can be seen here:

Nadal's seven titles at Roland Garros are the most ever. To say the least, his case as the greatest clay-court player ever has been solidified.

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French Open 2012: Rafael Nadal Leads As Men's Final Enters Rain Delay

Finally, something has succeeded in stymieing Rafael Nadal's dominance on the red clay of Roland Garros: rain. The Spaniard leads Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 5-3, in the men's singles final of the 2012 French Open, but play has been suspended for a rain delay.

Nadal had just run off three straight games to erase Djokovic's only lead of the match at 3-2 in the second set, and was about to serve to go up two sets to none. But rain had fallen throughout much of that run, and intensified at the end of it, so play has been halted and both players have returned to the locker room.

It's likely frustrating for both Nadal and Djokovic, but Nadal had done his part to flummox Djokovic, aiming to hold all four major titles at once, in the second set. His defense left the Serbian star exasperated repeatedly, so much so that he belted his bench with his racket, opening a gash.

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French Open 2012: Rafael Nadal Takes First Set Against Novak Djokovic In Men's Final

For three games in the 2012 French Open men's singles final, it appeared that the Rafael Nadal who had streaked through the tournament had shown up again, ready to make mincemeat of one of the world's finest players. Then Novak Djokovic got into gear, forcing the regnant king of Roland Garros to grind to take the first set, 6-4.

Nadal built a quick 3-0 lead in the match, breaking Djokovic twice, but Djokovic returned the favor in the next three games, breaking twice by extending deuces and installing the sort of defense only Nadal can typically rely on.

Nadal would outlast Djokovic in the final four games of the match, earning a break to go up 4-3 and playing an exquisite drop shot to set up a double set point he converted with a cross-court forehand.

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Can Djokovic Cope With Dominant Nadal?

Novak Djokovic crafted his game around beating Rafael Nadal, and he has done just that in the last three grand slam finals. Can he do it again at Roland Garros, or is Nadal just playing too well?

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