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Two rain breaks and massive backhand strokes of Novak Djokovic could not stop the King of Clay Rafael Nadal to become the first man in the history of Roland Garros to win seven French Open titles. With this trophy, Nadal broke legendary Bjorn Borg’s record of six French Open titles. Nadal denied Djokovic – the much talked about “Nole Slam” and reaffirmed his status as the undisputed – King of clay. In the end, the World No. 2 Rafael Nadal beat World No. 1 Novak Djokovic in four sets with a 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5 scoreline and claimed the 2012 French Open title.
Nadal earned 62% points on his first serve, hammered 34 winners as he duly converted 9 out of 17 break-points. But, the big difference was unforced errors, as the Serbian committed 53 unforced errors as compared to Nadal's 29 - which proved costly in the end.
Just under an hour, defending champion Rafael Nadal clinched the first set. Nadal hammered 8 winners and got benefited from Djokovic's 17 unforced errors. The Spaniard made a thumping start to the match, but then Djokovic made a comeback into the first set and also posed a strong challenge before he fumbled in a crucial game and gifted away the break to Nadal. Nadal converted 3 out of 8 break-points in the end to win the first set.
Nadal started off from where he left in the first set and kept the momentum in control - in the second-set. Finally, the Spaniard won the second-set in 56 minutes. Once again Nadal committed only 7 unforced errors, as compared to Djokovic's 13 and hammered 12 winners. Nadal converted 3 out of 5 break-points, while Djokovic could convert only 1 out of 2.
The Serbian blended his experience with aggression in the third-set and won it to reduce the gap with 1 set to 2 in this title match. The Serbian fired 5 winners and converted 3 out of 5 break-points to win the third-set. Djokovic continued his attack in the fourth set and he was leading with a 2-1, when rain halted the play. Both the players exchanged breaks early on in the fourth set, but then Nadal got the decisive one in the twelfth game as Djokovic committed a double-fault and that sealed the fate for him.
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