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Rafael Nadal defeats David Ferrer in straight sets for record 8th French Open title

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Spain's Rafael Nadal holds the trophy with seven inscriptions of his name after winning the French Open for the eighth time, defeating compatriot David Ferrer in three sets 6-3, 6-2, 6-3, at Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, June 9.

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Spain's Rafael Nadal returns the ball to compatriot David Ferrer during the men's final.

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The King of Clay reigns again.

Rafael Nadal won his eighth French Open with a straight-sets victory over David Ferrer on Sunday, giving him the record for the most wins at the event. Chris Evert was victorious seven times at Roland Garros.

Neither player appeared comfortable in the early going, but Ferrer won the first handful of games despite some misplays. Nadal quickly settled in, though, and took the first set 6-3. His momentum carried him to a 6-2 win in the second set. Nadal prevailed in the third set 6-3.

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The match was beset by delays, both related to the weather and security. Two apparent protests disrupted the second set -- the first when spectators in the stands lit flares and chanted and the second when an intruder with a flare made it on the court. The masked, shirtless intruder was quickly apprehended by stadium security, though it appeared to affect both players and smoke lingered on the court for several minutes.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain looks on as security guards restrain a protester after he lit a flare and ran on court before the start of a game in the Men's Singles final match.

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Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after winning the French Open men's final.

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A combination of pictures shows Spain's Rafael Nadal biting the Muskeeters trophy after each of his eight victories in the men's French Open.