Rafael Nadal won his sixth French Open title yesterday, defeating Swiss tennis star Roger Federer with a score of 7-5, 7-6(3), 5-7, 6-1, the Associated Press (AP) reports. With this latest win, Nadal matched former Swedish player Bjorn Borg’s record for most French Open titles.
“To win this final against one of the best players in the world and in history is something which is really fantastic for me," Nadal told the AP. The Spanish tennis phenom described it as one of his dreams.
It was the first time in two years that 25-year-old Nadal and Federer met in a Grand Slam final. After his victory, Nadal dropped down to his knees and covered his face. "As it often happens, he is the best on clay," Federer told reporters of his competitor. "He proved it once again."
It is not the first time Nadal and Federer have competed—the men have faced off in 13 major finals, seven more than any other pair of men in tennis history. Nadal is once again the No. 1 ranked tennis player in the world.