VAMOS! Rafael Nadal wins NINTH French Open title!

PARIS – Still the King of Clay.

Rafael Nadal of Spain won an unprecedented ninth French Open championship Sunday, denying Serbia's Novak Djokovic his quest to secure a career Grand Slam with the only major he lacks.

On Philippe Chatrier Court, No. 1 Nadal wore down No. 2 Djokovic 3-6, 7-5, 6-2, 6-4, in a match that went 3 hours, 31 minutes, becoming the first man to win five consecutive titles in Paris.Nadal, 28, now owns 14 Grand Slam titles, tying him with Pete Sampras in second place on the all-time list behind only Roger Federer. The Swiss has 17.

Nadal also kept his grip on the No. 1 ranking, which six-time Grand Slam champion Djokovic could have wrested away with the win.

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