Nadal wins 8th French title by beating Ferrer

Nadal wins 8th French title by beating Ferrer

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Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy following his victory over Spain's David Ferrer at the end of their French tennis Open final match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / THOMAS COEX (Photo credit should read THOMAS COEX/AFP/Getty Images)

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on June 9, 2013 at 1:11 PM

Updated Sunday, Jun 9 at 1:15 PM

PARIS (AP) -- Rafael Nadal has become the first man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam tournament after beating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the French Open final, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

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Nadal broke the men's record for match wins at Roland Garros, where he improved to 59-1, with his lone defeat against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009.

For fans enthralled by Nadal's semifinal victory over top-ranked Novak Djokovic, Sunday's final may have seemed anticlimactic. But not for the champion, who hit a fallaway forehand winner on championship point, then tumbled to the clay he loves and covered his face to hide his emotions.

Nadal's path to the Roland Garros title was more arduous than usual, and he fell behind in each of his first three matches.
 

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