French Open: Nadal wins 6th title, Li Na creates history


first_imgSpaniard Rafael Nadal defeated Roger Federer 7-5 7-6 (7/3) 5-7 6-1 in Fench Open men’s singles finals, on Sunday, to win his 10th Grand Slam.Top seed Nadal, who was also champion in 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008 and 2010 now equals Bjorn Borg’s record of six French Open titles.It was the 25-year-olds 17th win over Federer in 25 meetings and fourth in a Roland Garros final. With the win, Nadal retains nummber one position in world rankings.The win did not come easy for Nadal as he squandered a 4-2 lead in the third set as 29-year-old Federer looked set to take the match till the fifth set.However, Federer,  the 2009 champion and bidding for a 17th Grand Slam title, fell prey to the top seed’s claycourt experience and his own 56 unforced errors.Just when it looked like a blister on Nadal’s left heel may cause problems for him, the Spaniard regrouped and saved a set point in the seventh game when a drop shot by Federer just missed the targetThere was no looking back as the ‘king of clay’ broke to lead 6-5 winning by a reflex volley before Federer sent a simple forehand to the nets.Rafa clinched the set after 62 minutes sweeping a forehand crosscourt that saw Federer out of position.Federer came back to level at 4-4 but soon lost the advantage messing up a backhand drive.Nadal fought off two break points in the opening game of the fourth set, then broke to love for a 3-1 lead and held for 4-1.advertisementFederer returned Nadal’s serve to the net and the top seed was home when Federer went out with a forhand.A netted service return gave Nadal three match points and a sixth title was his when Federer went long with a forehand.Women’s singlesLi Na became the first Chinese to win a Grand Slam title at the French Open. APOn Saturday, Li Na became the first Chinese to win a Grand Slam event.Li Na beat last year’s champion Francesca Schiavone 6-4, 7-6 in the French Open final to become the first player from an Asian nation to win a grand slam singles title.Sixth seed Li, who lost the Australian Open final earlier this year, grabbed Italian fifth seed Schiavone’s tactics sheet and ripped it apart in a confident display of power and accuracy.Li, who beat hard hitters Victoria Azarenka and Maria Sharapova en route to the final, built her success on her flat baseline strokes and accurate serve as she dictated the points and sent Schiavone scurrying around the red dirt arena.- With inputs from PTIlast_img

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