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As it happened: Rafael Nadal-The King of Clay reigns supreme against compatriot David Ferrer at French Open

Sunday, 9 June 2013 - 6:34pm IST Updated: Sunday, 9 June 2013 - 10:00pm IST | Agency: DNA Web Team

The Spanish No1 takes on the Spanish No2 as Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay faces the man who has not yet dropped a set in the tournament David Ferrer.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 18:34 IST

Rafael Nadal holds a 19-4 record vs David Ferrer this includes 3-1 at majors, 16-1 on clay and 8 straight wins. The last time the duo met was Rome when Nadal won 6-4 4-6 6-2.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 18:40 IST

Read a preview of this match here

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 18:42 IST

David Ferrer to serve first against Rafael Nadal in this first set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 18:45 IST

David Ferrer holds his serve to start, 1-0. He's looking to become the 5th man over 30 to win the French Open after Gimeno in 1972, Rosewall 1968, Laver 1969 and Gomez 1990.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 18:48 IST

Rafael Nadal also holds serve to make it 1-1 against David Ferrer in the first set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 18:49 IST

Rafael Nadal has a 11-5 record in Grand Slam finals.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 18:51 IST

Rafael Nadal breaks David Ferrer to make it 2-1 in the first set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 18:52 IST

In the Open Era, 6 Spaniards-Gimeno, Bruguera, Moya, Costa, Ferrero and Nadal have won a combined 13 French Open titles, the most of any country.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 18:54 IST

Rafael Nadal fails to consolidate the break as David Ferrer makes it 2-2.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 18:59 IST

'The fastest man in the world' Usain Bolt who will present the men's trophy to either Rafael Nadal or David Ferrer is seen with French Tennis Federation (FFT) president Jean Gachassin in the stands.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:01 IST

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:02 IST

David Ferrer holds serve to go 3-2 up against Rafael Nadal in the first set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:04 IST

Rafael Nadal holds his serve to make it 3-3 against David Ferrer.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:08 IST

A drizzle begins as the players continue to play.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:12 IST

Rafael Nadal breaks the David Ferrer serve to go 4-3 up.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:13 IST

Will Rafael Nadal be able to hold his serve or will David Ferrer break again to even things out in the first set?

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:15 IST

Rafael Nadal consolidates the break to make it 5-3 against David Ferrer who will serve to stay in the first set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:21 IST

Rafael Nadal takes the first set 6-3 as he breaks David Ferrer.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:24 IST

David Ferrer loses his first set in the tournament.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:25 IST

Rafael Nadal to serve first in the second set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:27 IST

With some difficulty but Rafael Nadal manages to hold his serve to go 1-0 up in the second set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:34 IST

Rafael Nadal breaks David Ferrer to go up 2-0 in the second set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:39 IST

Rafael Nadal holds his serve to go 3-0 up in the second set against David Ferrer.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:40 IST

If Rafael Nadal wins here it would be his 59th career win at Roland Garros making him the leader in all-time wins surpassing Federer and Vilas who have 58.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:44 IST

The drizzle continues as play remains uninterrupted.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:44 IST

David Ferrer finally holds and is on the board in the second set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:50 IST

It's 3-1 now in favour of Rafael Nadal though.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:50 IST

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:51 IST

David Ferrer is bidding to end a 9-match losing streak vs the top 5 players. He last beat Andy Murray at the French Open last year.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 19:55 IST

Rafael Nadal holds his serve in a difficult game to make it 4-1 against David Ferrer.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:02 IST

The atmosphere is grey, dark and chilly at the Philippe Chatrier Court.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:09 IST

Nonetheless Rafael Nadal breaks David Ferrer to go 5-1 up in the second set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:10 IST

The seven-time champion will serve for the second set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:11 IST

There was a fire at the French Open.

Read report for more on the fire here

Here are a few Twitter reactions,

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:15 IST

The fire seems to have distracted Rafael Nadal who let's David Ferrer break him. It's 5-2 now.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:17 IST

Will David Ferrer manage to make a comeback in this set?

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:17 IST

Doesn't work for David Ferrer as Rafael Nadal breaks him to take the second set 6-2.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:19 IST

Rafael Nadal has never dropped a 2-sets-to-love lead. The 27-year-old will serve first in the third set against David Ferrer.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:23 IST

Rafael Nadal holds his serve to go 1-0 up against David Ferrer in the third set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:26 IST

David Ferrer seems to be wilting as Rafael Nadal breaks him to go 2-0 up in the third set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:28 IST

David Ferrer breaks Rafael Nadal to make it 2-1 in the third set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:31 IST

Looks like the 31-year-old will look to get his groove back as he refuses to go away.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:31 IST

More rain now and chair umpire Mourier in discussion with the players. Looks like they'll try and wait it out.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:33 IST

David Ferrer holds his serve to make it 2-2 and on serve in the third set against Rafael Nadal.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:37 IST

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:39 IST

Rafael Nadal holds his serve to go 3-2 up in the third set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:44 IST

David Ferrer holds serve to make it 3-3 against Rafael Nadal.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:46 IST
If Rafael Nadal wins his 12th major today, he would move third behind Roger Federer who has 17 titles and Pete Sampras with 14 titles on the all time list.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:48 IST

Rafael Nadal holds serve and it's 4-3 against David Ferrer in this third set.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:51 IST

Rafael Nadal gets the break against David Ferrer to go 5-3 up.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:56 IST

The seven-time champion will serve for his eighth title at Roland Garros.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:56 IST

Will David Ferrer be able to stop Rafael Nadal?

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 20:59 IST

David Ferrer cannot do it as Rafael Nadal wins his eighth French Open title with a 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 win.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 21:03 IST

The fastest man on earth, Olympic 100m and 200m champion Usain Bolt, who followed proceedings behind a pair of dark glasses despite not a ray of sun in sight will present the winner's trophy to Rafael Nadal.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 21:07 IST

Rafael Nadal is the most successful player at the French Open. The 27-year-old Spaniard has 59 victories and just one loss to his name in nine years at Roland Garros.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 21:16 IST

A rousing applause as Usain Bolt steps up for the presentation.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 21:18 IST

David Ferrer accepts the runners-up trophy.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 21:20 IST

The crowds cheer and applaud as Rafael Nadal receives the winner's trophy from Usain Bolt.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 21:21 IST

Nadal becomes the first man to win eight singles titles at the same grand slam tournament.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 21:22 IST

List of French Open men's singles champions in the last 20 years:

2013 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat David Ferrer (Spain) 6-3 6-2 6-3

2012 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5

2011 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 7-5 7-6 5-7 6-1

2010 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat Robin Soderling (Sweden) 6-4 6-2 6-4

2009 Roger Federer (Switzerland) beat Robin Soderling (Sweden) 6-1 7-6 6-4

2008 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6-1 6-3 6-0

2007 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4

2006 Rafael Nadal (Spain) beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6

2005 Rafa Nadal (Spain) beat Mariano Puerta (Argentina) 6-7 6-3 6-1 7-5

2004 Gaston Gaudio (Argentina) beat Guillermo Coria (Argentina) 0-6 3-6 6-4 6-1 8-6

2003 Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain) beat Martin Verkerk (Netherlands) 6-1 6-3 6-2

2002 Albert Costa (Spain) beat Juan Carlos Ferrero (Spain) 6-1 6-0 4-6 6-3

2001 Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) beat Alex Corretja (Spain) 6-7 7-5 6-2 6-0

2000 Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) beat Magnus Norman (Sweden) 6-2 6-3 2-6 7-6

1999 Andre Agassi (US) beat Andrei Medvedev (Ukraine) 1-6 2-6 6-4 6-3 6-4

1998 Carlos Moya (Spain) beat Alex Corretja (Spain) 6-3 7-5 6-3

1997 Gustavo Kuerten (Brazil) beat Sergi Bruguera (Spain) 6-3 6-4 6-2

1996 Yevgeny Kafelnikov (Russia) beat Michael Stich (Germany) 7-6 7-5 7-6

1995 Thomas Muster (Austria) beat Michael Chang (US) 7-5 6-2 6-4

1994 Sergi Bruguera (Spain) beat Alberto Berasategui (Spain) 6-3 7-5 2-6 6-1

1993 Sergi Bruguera (Spain) beat Jim Courier (US) 6-4 2-6 6-2 3-6 6-3

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 21:23 IST

One for the greats album: Usain Bolt presenting the French Open trophy to Rafael Nadal.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 21:29 IST

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 21:30 IST

"I never dreamed about this kind of thing," Rafael Nadal said after his win.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 21:45 IST

"These two weeks I played very good tennis but I would like to say that he deserves everything, he's the best," Ferrer told the crowd.

Sunday, Jun 9, 2013 21:45 IST



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