Rafael Nadal overcame a stiff challenge from rival Novak Djokovic to win his ninth French Open title and a record fifth in a row.victory also means he will remain world number one ahead of Djokovic. Nadal becomes the first tennis player to win a major title nine times, taking his Grand Slam total to 14.
It is the third year in a row that Nadal has ended Djokovic’s aspiration of winning the one Grand Slam title that has eluded his illustrious career.
Nadal extended his incredible run at Roland Garros to 66 wins and just one defeat in the last 10 years.
That record looked under threat when he dropped the first set as his usually fearsome forehand let him down, five errors handing Djokovic the initiative.