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Nadal Wins 8th Roland Garros, Makarova/Vesnina Win Doubles

“If he continues that way, who is to stop him?” David Ferrer asked in his press conference today. Very good question, David. It seems no one, no?

Rafael Nadal defeated Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to win his eighth Roland Garros title. Rafa was handed his 8th Coupe des Mousquetaires by Usain Bolt (who Rafa posed with after in the locker room with Pau Gasol and ITF president Francesco Bitti Ricci).

Rafa said after “Practicing sports at a very high level and fighting in very special situations like on Centre Court here at Roland Garros, this is extraordinary. These are things I was watching on TV when I was a kid. I thought, ‘Oh, my God. I hope I can make it on such a court.’ My dream became reality. But it takes many years to achieve that. When I’m fed up – and this will happen eventually – I’ll accept it and be very happy to do something different. As long as I have this passion for sport, as long as I have fun playing tennis, I’ll do it.”

And as long as he continues to do it, he’ll continue to be the King of Clay.

Earlier in the morning at Roland Garros, Ekaterina Makarova and Elena Vesnina defeated no.1 seeds Sara Errani and Roberta Vinci 7-5, 6-2 to win the women’s doubles title. For Vesnina, it was after three mixed doubles finals and one doubles finals that she finally got her major. And the pair were majorly happy too!

(Photos: Getty Images)

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  1. Claire says:

    Hello The Slice !
    As everyday I visit the blog to see some pictures.
    Thanks for these of Nadal in the locker room.
    Just a precision, the man on the photo with Usain Bolt and Pau Gasol is Jean Gachassin the president of French Tennis Federation.
    And now I’m writing I want to thank you for all this work !
    I love this site, I always learn some infos on the life of the tour and activities of the tennis players. Congratulations :)