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2012 French Open: Rafael Nadal Captures Seventh Title, Defeating Novak Djokovic

Ascending to become considered the greatest clay-court player in the history of the game, Rafael Nadal won for the seventh time at Roland Garros on Monday.

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Rafael Nadal cemented his claim to be considered the greatest clay-court player ever, capturing his seventh title at Roland Garros by defeating Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in the 2012 French Open after multiple rain delays throughout the weekend.

Nadal led by two sets with Djokovic was able to break through momentarily, winning eight straight games after trailing at a break to take the third set, and briefly lead the fourth by a 2-1 mark. As much as Nadal's dominance, the rain became a key narrative throughout this Open, especially in key moments, some seemingly aimed at Djokovic.

A delay of 34 minutes in the second set seemed to hurt Djokovic, down 3-5 at the time. He'd come back to lose his serve and the set. Conversely, the delay that moved the action to Monday paused Djokovic's 2-1 lead in the fourth set, which Nadal came back and won.

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