Rafael Nadal has won at the 2013 french open besting David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to secure has record eight championship at Roland Garros. Nadal improved to an incredible 59-1 at the french Open and reaffirmed his moniker as the king of clay. Nadal will now prepare for wimbledon in late June and early July, though he recently pulled out of the warmup event at Halle in Germany, citing fatigue due to his run at Roland Garros.
Right about the time the third set started was when Ferrer’s frustration really began to show. After getting a shot called out down 30-love in the opening game of the third set, Ferrer slammed the shot back as he turned away shaking his head. Nadal then served up an ace to go up 1-0 in the third. Nadal then broke Ferrer to take the 2-0 lead, but was broken by Ferrer in the next game.
For Nadal, the victory is plenty sweet, especially given that it came after a five-set epic against world No. 1 Novak Djokovic. At this point, Djokovic is about the only player who can keep up with Nadal on clay, so taking him down en route to his eighth championship can only make it sweeter.
It’s not all bad being Ferrer, who will pass Nadal in the ATP rankings on Monday despite the loss. He’s had an excellent run so far this season, accentuated by this appearance in the final at Roland Garros, the first Grand Slam final appearance of his career.