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French Open 2012: Nadal Defeats Djokovic To Claim Title

The rain would not go away, but it also wouldn't stop Rafael Nadal, who defeated Novak Djokovic on Monday to claim his record seventh French Open title. Nadal, who improved to 52-1 all-time at Roland Garros, clinched his 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 victory on Djokovic fourth double-fault of the match. Nadal once again had to fight not just Djokovic, but also the weather, as the match, which had been suspended on Sunday, was delayed once again on Monday due to rain.

But Rafa waited the weather out, and eventually moved past Bjorn Borg for the most French Opent titles in history. He also stopped Djokovic's pursuit of his fourth straight Grand Slam victory, a feat that no player has accomplished in 43 years. Fittingly, the last player to have an opportunity to win four straight major championships was Roger Federer, and in both 2006 and 2007 he was halted at the French by Nadal.

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