Highlights from Rafael Nadal vs. Novak Djokovic in the French Open final
PARIS -- The King of Clay ruled again. For the ninth time in ten years, No. 1 Rafael Nadal had his teeth on the Coupe des Mouquetaires, defeating No. 2 Novak Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4 to win his fifth straight French Open title. With the win, Nadal retains the No. 1 ranking on Monday.
Here are highlights, reactions, stats and more from Nadal's victory.
Nadal in press:
Djokovic in press:
Photo of the match
14: Grand Slam titles now won by Nadal, putting him just three back of Roger Federer's mark of 17.
3: Grand Slam titles won by Nadal after losing the first set in the final.
10: Consecutive years Nadal has won at least one major.
35: Consecutive match wins for Nadal at Roland Garros.
1: Loss for Nadal at Roland Garros in 10 years.
0: Finals lost by Djokovic after winning the first set. Today's loss was his first.
What they said
Nadal on falling behind after the first set: "Is true that at the beginning the match start very equal, but I felt that the match was more in his hands at the beginning than in my hands. I was winning more points from his mistakes than from my winners, and I need to change that. I think in the second set that the dynamic of the match changed. I was able to play more aggressive."
Nadal on the warm conditions: "For sure the day of today was very tough, very humid. The combination of two weeks of cold with the drastic change of yesterday and today, so today was the first real day that we play with that conditions. This big change I think affects us, affects our physical performance. After the one set and a half we were a little bit tired today, no? It was very important for me to win that second set. Without that second set, I don't know if I have this trophy with me now."
Nadal on letting his emotions go after the win: "Last year was emotional for a few things. This year are emotional for another ones. But for sure when you are able to win Roland Garros, always will be emotional, no? And then more when your age is older, no? Last year was with 27; this year is with 28. That's not forever."
Djokovic on the match: "It was a great start; came back in the second. Could have gone to the tiebreak and was quite even. I lost that service game 6‑5, and then the momentums went his side. I started, you know, playing quite bad, you know, and didn't move as well. Struggled a little bit physically throughout that third set. Then in the fourth started to feel a little bit better, but then just crucial points he played better. I wasn't playing at the level that I wanted, especially in the second part of the match. You know, that's sport. It's how it is. These kind of big matches obviously take the best out of players. And of course it's a huge challenge. I tried to do my best. My best wasn't as the best against him in Rome a couple weeks ago... Congratulations to him. He was a better player in the crucial moments. Of course it's disappointing for me, but life goes on. It's not the first time or last time that I lost a match."
Djokovic, on whether he would have fared better if the match had started in cooler temperatures: "Well, if I was left-hander maybe I would win the tournament."
Djokovic on his tactics: "I think he was covering the forehand angle quite well. My backhand crosscourt wasn't as effective as it was maybe in the previous matches against him. He was hitting down the line forehand really, really well, so I think his first shot off the forehand, off my return, was terrific today."
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) June 8, 2014
If beating Nadal @rolandgarros is not the most mentally & physically difficult thing to do in sport, then I'm not sure what is. A true great
— Darren Cahill (@darren_cahill) June 8, 2014
Congrats to @RafaelNadal on his 9th French Open, guy is so impressive.
— Tiger Woods (@TigerWoods) June 8, 2014
Congratulations to Rafa, a great champion, and also Nole for the effort and the great match they played.
— Juan M. del Potro (@delpotrojuan) June 8, 2014
— victoria azarenka (@vika7) June 8, 2014
King Nadal doesn't abdicate in Paris! 9 @rolandgarros! His head still makes the difference! #VAM9SRAFA
— Alex Corretja (@AlexCorretja74) June 8, 2014
In a class of their own, @RafaelNadal, @rogerfederer, #petesampras 7-more titles in Open Era. pic.twitter.com/C4RhyKeqLj
— Greg Sharko (@SharkoTennis) June 8, 2014
Staff member said, "Rafa keeps getting closer to your 17 all the time" #shutup #shutup #yourefired
— Not Roger Federer (@PseudoFed) June 8, 2014
I would 100% buy the DVD of greatest Federer-Nadal-Djokovic-Murray matches of the last 10 years, with bonus Marat Safin extras
— Bruce Arthur (@bruce_arthur) June 8, 2014
How long would it take him to line up all 9 "just so" https://t.co/tSq9l3yAW0
— Nadal News (@nadalnews) June 8, 2014
Nadal is king...but we already knew this.
— PUSHA T (@PUSHA_T) June 8, 2014
LOL. RT@nathanmurf Not since Patrick Swayze wrapped the arms around Demi Moore has a man made such an impact with clay #Nadal
— Kelly (@MungoNGus) June 8, 2014
No one should ever win anything nine times--it verges on impossible. And Nadal knows it. More tears after this one than I can ever remember.
— Tom Perrotta (@TomPerrotta) June 8, 2014
All of it RT @CharissaT: Nadal. This dude. #9
— Erin Andrews (@ErinAndrews) June 8, 2014
How long before they rename Coupe de Mousquetaires Coupe Nadal. Will it take ten titles?
— Barry Flatman (@Barry_FlatmanST) June 8, 2014
Huge ovation for Djokovic, who is fighting off tears after Nadal cried. In the end, the male players always cry more than the women.
— Tumaini (@tumcarayol) June 8, 2014
Nadal: "Today the tennis gave me back what happened in Australia" — Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) June 8, 2014