Rafael Nadal was leading by a set and a break 70 minutes into Sunday’s French Open final against fellow Spaniard David Ferrer.
Nadal faced four break points in one game. The last was a 31-stroke exchange, the match’s longest, came to an end when the 27-year old absorbed Ferrer’s strong backhand approach and made it into a cross-court backhand passing shot.
Ferrer, 31, glared at the ball as it flew past and landed in a corner. He then had a smirk on his face since there was nothing he could really do.
YouWager experts consider that having to deal with Nadal’s defense-to-offense on red clay is an impossible task. His rain-soaked 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win versus Ferrer was Nadal’s record 59th victory in 60 matches at the French Open and made him the only man with eight titles at any Grand Slam tournament.
Nadal won four French Opens in a row from 2005-08, and another four in a row from 2010-13.
The native of Mallorca now owns 12 major trophies in all — including two from Wimbledon, one each from the U.S. Open and Australian Open . This surpasess Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver and equals Roy Emerson for the third-most in history. Currently, Nadal is trailing only Roger Federer’s 17 and Pete Sampras’ 14.
As online sports betting fans who follow tennis know, this was Nadal’s first major tournament after a surprising second-round loss at Wimbledon a year ago. Since rejoining the tour in February, he is 43-2 with seven titles and two runner-up finishes. The left-hander won his past 22 matches.
Nadal still needs to make his French Open debut, missing it n 2004 due to a broken left foot. On May 23, 2005, Olympic Gold Medalist played his first match at Roland Garros, beating Lars Burgsmuller 6-1, 7-6 (4), 6-1 on Court 1, known as the “bullring” because of its oval shape.
Nadal has won a record 31 consecutive matches at the French Open until the fourth round in 2009, when Robin Soderling beat him. Three years ago, Nadal started a new streak, which currently stands at 28.