Sunday June 8, 2008
PARIS (AP) -- Rafael Nadal is cementing his
reputation as the king of clay. The second-ranked Spaniard has captured a fourth straight French Open crown. And again it comes at the expense of the world's Number-1 player.
Nadal won six consecutive games early and took out Roger Federer
with remarkable ease, 6-1, 6-3, 6-love today in Paris. It's the
third straight year the two have met in the final. Nadal improved to 28-0 at Roland Garros, where he has won 83 of 90 sets. He's the first man to win four straight French Open championships since six-time champion Bjorn Borg did it in 1978-81. Federer's worst loss in his 173 Grand Slam matches gives him a 12-and-3 record in major finals, with all of the losses to Nadal. It was the shortest Roland Garros men's final in terms of games since 1977.