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Nadal wins fourth French Open title
World number two destroys Roger Federer to equal Bjorn Borg's Roland Garros record.
Last Modified: 08 Jun 2008 16:25 GMT

Rafael Nadal is the undisputed king of the clay after demolishing Roger Federer in Paris [GALLO/GETTY]

Rafael Nadal, world number two, equalled Bjorn Borg's French Open record after producing a flawless display in the French Open final, with a 6-1, 6-3, 6-0 thrashing of world number one Roger Federer at Roland Garros.
Nadal matched Borg's fet of winning four French Open titles in a row as he totally outplayed a dumb-struck Federer in one hour 48 minutes to deny the Swiss a career grand slam.

"I played a perfect match," said Nadal, who was presented with the winner's trophy by Borg.
"I'm sorry for that final but you played well," he told Federer.

"I want to thank Roger for his attitude on the court."

Federer, beaten in the French final by Nadal in the two previous years, kept his pre-match promise of playing attacking tennis, but made too many errors early on as Nadal ripped through the first set in 32 minutes.

"I would have hoped to do better than four games but Rafael is very, very strong."

Roger Federer,
World number one
The Swiss lifted in the second set and had a break point at 3-3 but Nadal kept his cool andthen went on to steamroll his opponent in the third, clinching the title without dropping a set.

"I would have hoped to do better than four games but Rafael is very, very strong," Federer told the crowd.

"He dominated this tournament like maybe no one before except Borg, so congratulations Rafa.

"It was still a good week. Losing in a final is never easy but I will try again next year."

Federer made a huge 35 unforced errors in the three-set match, while Nadal conceded only seven.

Nadal's 6-0 final set win was the first time that Federer had lost a set to love since the first round of the Queen's Club tournament in London in 1999, against Zimbabwean Byron Black.

It was the shortest French Open men's final in terms of games played since 1977 and the quickest final, at 108 minutes, since 1980.

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