Congrats to Rafael Nadal for defeating Roland Garros — and winning his fifth French Open title.
Accustomed to being on the move, Rafael Nadal fidgeted in his chair during a changeover one game from his fifth French Open title. He jiggled his legs, took two bites of a banana, toweled off his arms and face, then rose and finished the job. Soon he was back in the chair sobbing into the towel, overcome with the emotion that accompanied his accomplishment. The relentless Spaniard reclaimed his crown Sunday as the King of Clay, avenging his lone Roland Garros defeat by beating Robin Soderling 6-4, 6-2, 6-4. “It’s the most emotional day in my career,” Nadal told the crowd in French during the trophy ceremony. – From ESPN
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