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Twitter reactions to Rafael Nadal winning eighth French Open

Prince of Felipe of Spain congratulates Rafael Nadal. (Getty Images) Prince Felipe of Spain congratulates Rafael Nadal. (Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal was showered with congratulations by the likes of Prince Felipe of Spain, Usain Bolt and Pau Gasol. All were in Paris to watch the King of Clay do what he does best to win his eighth French Open, defeating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday. The love continued online, as Nadal's colleagues, followers and friends marveled at just how much he's been able to accomplish at age 27.

With 12 major titles, he's now tied with Roy Emerson for No. 3 all time, just two behind Pete Sampras' 14 and five behind Roger Federer's record of 17. He also became the first man to win a major after skipping two straight Slams.

Here’s a sampling of the Twitter reaction to Nadal's continued dominance on clay.

https://twitter.com/paugasol/status/343710368444583936

https://twitter.com/paugasol/status/343761582075031552

https://twitter.com/swish41/status/343769117272195074

https://twitter.com/tomasberdych/status/343757104420634624

https://twitter.com/delpotrojuan/status/343762628000243712

https://twitter.com/FerVerdasco/status/343759119825637376

https://twitter.com/milosraonic/status/343782542673080320

https://twitter.com/rohanbopanna/status/343761540022935552

https://twitter.com/Maheshbhupathi/status/343777252451971073

https://twitter.com/timsmyczek/status/343737458950811648

https://twitter.com/SteveTignor/status/343760801628303360

https://twitter.com/ptbodo/status/343754878214103042

https://twitter.com/darren_cahill/status/343753652776878080

https://twitter.com/sportspickle/status/343750329554333696

https://twitter.com/niketennis/status/343751834235727873

https://twitter.com/RafaelNadal/status/343752469794406401

https://twitter.com/JamesLaRosa/status/343751906931392512

https://twitter.com/RosenbergTennis/status/343752230454833153

https://twitter.com/FortyDeuceTwits/status/343753055830937601

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