Rafael Nadal beat David Ferrer 6-3 6-2 6-3
Rafael Nadal became the first man in tennis history to win titles at the same Grand Slam event with a straight-sets win over David Ferrer.
In an all-Spanish match, Nadal eased to his 8th win in eight finals at Roland Garros, beating fellow countryman Ferrer 6-3 6-2 6-3.
The tennis wasn’t the only talking point of the day, as a spectator ran onto the court brandishing a flare, before being taken away by security.
The win takes Nadal to 12 Grand Slam titles, moving him above Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver on the all-time list. Ferrer, playing in his first major final at the age of 31, was a worthy adversary and pushed his compatriot harder than the score might suggest, but he never threatened an upset.
Nadal broke serve three times in the opening set to win 6-3, with Ferrer pushing hard. The 31 year-old nearly broke at the start second but Nadal’s forehand proved too strong as he took an early 2-0 lead.
A routine afternoon looked on the cards for Nadal, but the calm was shattered by chanting from protesters with a banner in the upper tier of the stands during the sixth game of the set.
The players paused while the incident was dealt with only for another, potentially more serious, disturbance to follow before the next game when a shirtless man wearing a mask vaulted the flower bed surrounding the court, waving a burning flare above his head.
The increasingly heavy rain now appeared the biggest threat to his ambitions, but Ferrer was not done and got back on level terms before blowing an opportunity to move ahead with a backhand error at 3-3.
Ferrer was broken for the seventh time in the match, before Nadal hit a superb match-wining forehand, and the collapsed to his back with his head in his hands.
Nadal won for the 59th match in Paris, and retained his status as the King of Clay.
"I’m very happy, very emotional," he said after the match. "It’s a very important victory for me."
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