Rafael Nadal Wins Eighth French Open

    Spain's Rafael Nadal serves to Spain's David Ferrer during their French tennis Open final match at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on June 9, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PATRICK KOVARIK        (Photo credit should read PATRICK KOVARIK/AFP/Getty Images)

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    The king of clay is officially back. Rafael Nadal won a record eighth French Open title, defeating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in straight sets. It's the first time any man has won eight titles at a major tournament. This was Nadal's first grand slam tournament after missing 222 days with a pesky knee injury. In what some consider the actual final, Nadal outlasted Novak Djokovic in five sets in a classic semifinal match. In Sunday's final, there was a bit of a scare at the end of the second set when a shirtless man carrying a flare ran on to court. Nadal, visibly shaken, ran away. Next stop: Wimbledon.

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