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Rafael Nadal wins French Open

Rafael Nadal continued his ridiculous dominance of the French Open yesterday, wiping the floor with Robin Soderling in straight sets 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 to win the tournament without dropping a single set. It’s the second time in three years that the Spaniard has done this, and on top of that he has taken the world number one spot from Roger Federer.

It’s also the fourth clay title that Nadal has won on the bounce, during which he has only dropped two sets – at Rome and Madrid – and tennis fans are now hoping he can provide a challenge to the Swede, who is the king of grass court tennis, and establish total dominance over him.

‘I never thought to have the chance to win this tournament,’ said Nadal, in faltering English. ‘Five titles, five times or Monte Carlo six or Barcelona five, I think, too, or Rome for me five. For me that's more than a dream. When I see these titles and these numbers, for me is amazing. I don't know how I did (it).’

‘It's really difficult to stay focused for two weeks playing many matches,’ Soderling said. ‘I had a few break chances. I didn't take them, so then, of course, it was tough. I don't think it would have changed anything.’

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