Nadal on cloud nine after soaring to new heights
By Pritha and Sarkar
PARIS (Reuters) - One man's despair was another man's ecstasy as the most inopportune of double faults propelled a world-beating Rafa Nadal into a nine-times French Open champion on Sunday.
Waiting to launch into a second serve on match point down, a yell from the stands, followed by another, left a distracted Novak Djokovic to fire down the most costly of double faults and see his hopes of completing a career grand slam pounded into the red dust.
While Djokovic was left utterly dejected and with a strange sense of deja vu, having also surrendered the 2012 final with a double fault, he could only watch on in wonder as Nadal sunk to his knees in triumph following a 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4 victory.
"In matches like this every moment is crucial. Playing against Novak is always a big challenge as I had lost against him the last four times," Nadal told the crowd before being handed over the trophy by Swedish great Bjorn Borg.
"For me it's amazing and emotional, I lost the final at Australia this year where I had a problem with my back and that was a hard moment. Today tennis gave back to me what happened in Australia."
Overcome with the emotion of cradling the Musketeers' Cup for a record-extending ninth time, the world number one burst into tears.
His win was also accompanied by a deluge of eye-watering statistics.
He became the first man to win five successive Roland Garros titles. Continued...