Rafael Nadal Clinches A Record Eighth French Open Title

 Rafael Nadal has won a record eighth French Open title on Sunday with straight sets 6-3 6-2 6-3 dismissal of fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in a final briefly interrupted by a protestor brandishing a lighted flare.
Nadal was serving for the second set at 5-1 when a shirtless man with a white mask ran onto the Philippe Chatrier Court and came to within a few meters of Nadal.
He was swiftly tackled by security staff — Nadal shook the hand of one of them — but when play continued red smoke was still billowing over the court.
Perhaps shaken, Nadal dropped his service but quickly regained his composure to close out the set in the next game.
“In the last year I have had some low moments but without my family I would not have done this. Without my physio I could not have done this. I never realized something like this could happen for me.”
Ferrer, who was playing in his first grand slam final, conceded he had been up against an inspired opponent.

“I enjoyed the two weeks here. I congratulate Rafa, he’s the best,” he said.
“But I will try my best to have another chance to play in a final and win a grand slam. This tournament is very special to me.”

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