Paris: Rafael Nadal has made history by defeating No. 1-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in a rain-suspended men's final at Roland Garros, sealing an Open-era record seventh French Open title. The rain-hit match had resumed on Monday with Djokovic serving at 2-1 in the fourth set, and he was immediately broken by Nadal who has now gone past Bjorn Borg at the clay-court open.
The win on Monday was Nadal's 11th Grand Slam title, taking him to joint fourth on the all-time list of winners alongside Borg and Rod Laver. He now leads Roger Federer (16), Pete Sampras (14) and Roy Emerson (12).
Nadal also snapped Djokovic's streak of three consecutive Grand Slam titles, denying the Serbian a chance to become the first since Laver to win all four Grand Slam titles at the same time. Nadal had been beaten by Djokovic in their past three Grand Slam finals, including a nearly six-hour duel at the Australian Open in January.
Nadal's record at Roland Garros now stands at 52-1.