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2012 French Open: Rafael Nadal Wins 7th French Open Title

For years now, the French Open has been the stomping ground of Spaniard Rafael Nadal. That dominance continued on Monday as Nadal claimed his record seventh French Open title despite a long rain delay keeping the final match in limbo for a while.

Nadal's opponent Novak Djokovic was going for his own milestone, attempting to be the first player in 43 years to win four straight major titles. Nadal won 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in the final match, which had originally been stalled because of rain the night before. On the muddy clay court Sunday night, Djokovic was holding a 1-2 lead in the fourth game before the officials stopped the game and Nadal came back on a dryer Monday to take the lead back, and the match with it.

Other than the history that Nadal made with his seventh title, passing Bjorn Borg for the player with the most of all time, it was also historical in the sense that it ended up being the first French Open final to not end on a Sunday since 1973.

For more updates on the 2012 French Open, please stay tuned to this StoryStream. For lots more on all things tennis, keep checking SB Nation's dedicated tennis hub.

Photographs by Micah Taylor, clairity, and Fibonacci Blue used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.