On Sunday morning the Men’s Final of the 2014 French Open took place between Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic. When it was all said and done and in the books, after a grueling match between two of the toughest competitors the sport has to offer, it was Nadal who walked away with his ninth French Open championship, defeating Djokovic in four sets.
Once again some will open the debate as to whether or not Nadal is the best player to ever grace a clay court, although I don’t really see how that can be argued anymore, especially after today.
THE KING OF CLAY! Rafael Nadal wins record 9th French Open championship (5th straight). pic.twitter.com/dhlysbF7z2
— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) June 8, 2014
Djokovic came out on fire in this one, but Nadal quickly settled in and fought all the way to his fifth consecutive French Open title.
Below are just a few of the highlights from the historic match,
Djokovic winning the first:
But it would quickly begin to fall apart a little, prompting Djokovic to tell himself to think!
Nadal would then walk away with the second:
And the third:
The heat was a little too much for Djokovic:
We also, of course, got the infamous Nadal slide:
The frustration getting to Djokovic:
In the end, Nadal once again proclaimed himself King of the Clay:
And the celebration was amazing: