Sporting world reacts to Rafa Nadal's record-breaking 7th French Open triumph
Claycourt master Rafael Nadal has shattered Novak Djokovic's grand slam dream with a drama-charged French Open final triumph in Paris.
After a nerve-wracking overnight wait, Nadal returned to Roland Garros on Monday to complete a suspense-filled 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5 victory over the world No.1 after the most-anticipated match of the year had been controversially suspended on Sunday because of rain.
In thwarting Djokovic's quest to become the first man in 43 years to hold all four majors, Nadal etched his own name in the tennis history books by surpassing Bjorn Borg with an unprecedented seven Roland Garros crowns.
Nadal acknowledged his own record-breaking achievements by simply tweeting "#HIS7ORY".
Fellow Spaniard and double F1 world champion Fernando Alonso (@alo_oficial) congratulated the tennis icon and added: "Just after landing I knew that Nadal won another RG! ;)) #VamosEspaña"
Praise also came from footballer Asmir Begovic (@asmir1) who posted: "Congrats to @RafaelNadal for winning his 7th French Open. What a legend!"
NY Times writer and tennis expert Christopher Clarey (@christophclarey) was unanimous in his praise, heralding Nadal as the best ever. "What seemed clear is now crystal clear after the last two months. Nadal is the greatest clay-court player in #tennis history #RG12"
The only three men to have more Grand Slam victories -
Roger Federer 16
Pete Sampras 14
Roy Emerson 12