Rafael Nadal beats Novak Djokovic to win record seventh French Open title

Rafael Nadal has made history by defeating No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in a rain-suspended men’s final at Roland Garros, sealing an Open-era record seventh French Open title.

In a fractious final pushed into a third week for only the second time because of Sunday’s rain, the Spanish world number two, playing in his 16th Grand Slam final, also took his Paris record to a staggering 52 wins against just one loss.

Victory, which was achieved on a Djokovic double fault, allowed him to break the tie for six French Opens he shared with Bjorn Borg.

It was the 26-year-old’s 11th Grand Slam title, taking him one behind Roy Emerson, three off Pete Sampras and five away from the record of 16 held by Roger Federer.

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