French Open 2012 Final: Rafael Nadal Wins Record 7th French Open Title

Rafael Nadal won the 2012 French Open, beating Novak Djokovic in four sets. It is his seventh time winning the tournament, a record. He won the first two sets, 6-4 and 6-3, and Djokovic took the third 2-6. Djokovic pulled ahead 2-1 in the fourth set when play was suspended due to rain, and Monday saw Nadal come back with a momentum that would not be denied.

Nadal quickly tied things up and then pulled ahead 3-2. Djokovic was able to tie it at 3-3, and they went back and forth with Nadal pulling ahead and Djokovic pulling even all the way to 5-5. Nadal went up 6-5, and got things to 30-40 in the final game. It was there that Djokovic would suffer a terrible bit of luck, double faulting to cost himself his bid to hold all four majors in the same year, something not done since Rod Laver in 1969. Nadal took the set 7-5, and ended the tournament only having lost one set, the third in the final he dropped to Djokovic. It was his 7th French Open win and his 11th major win overall. A complete scoreboard for the entire tournament is available at SI.com.

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