Rafael Nadal delighted with French Open victory


Rafael Nadal has expressed his delight after he won the French Open for a record breaking eighth time by beating David Ferrer in Paris.

Nadal became the first person to win the same Grand Slam eight times after he beat Ferrer 6-3 6-2 6-3 on Sunday.

It was Nadal's first Grand Slam since last year's Wimbledon after suffering from a knee injury which ruled him out until February.

The 27-year-old told BBC Sport: "I never like to compare years, but it's true that this year means something very special for me.

"Five months ago nobody in my team dreamed about a comeback like this because we thought it was going to be impossible. But here we are today, and that's really fantastic and incredible."

The win at Roland Garros was Nadal's seventh title in nine tournaments since his comeback, and he leads the 2013 standings with 43 wins and just two losses.

Additionally, the win in Paris means the Spaniard has now won 12 Grand Slams, taking him past Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver to joint third on the all-time list.

Nadal holds a remarkable record at Roland Garros having played 60 matches and only ever being defeated on one occasion when he lost to Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009.

Despite the French Open victory, Nadal has dropped below Ferrrer to fifth place in the world rankings. Top spot is held by Nadal's semi-final opponent, Novak Djokovic.


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