Rafael Nadal

Eighth French Open title

It's safe to say that at this point tennis fans have run out of analogies, comparisons and superlatives to describe Rafael Nadal's career-long success at Roland Garros, home of the French Open. Now they have one more triumphant episode to contend with. On June 9, the 27-year-old Spaniard defeated countryman David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to win a record eighth championship.

Nadal's performance on the outskirts of Paris has been unparalleled since his first French Open in 2005, when he was 19. He holds a lifetime record of 59-1 on the fabled red clay: his lone loss came in 2009 against...

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