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Rafael Nadal gets to savour the joy of six

Rafael Nadal once again proved he is peerless on clay as he won a record-equalling sixth French Open title with a dramatic win over Roger Federer.

The 25-year-old Spaniard looked to the skies as he matched Bjorn Borg's tally of victories at Roland Garros with a 7-5 7-6 (7-3) 5-7 6-1 victory in three hours and 39 minutes.

Nadal, who has now won 10 Grand Slam titles in total, also ensured he will remain at the top of the rankings ahead of Novak Djokovic.

In a thrilling encounter, the Majorcan withstood a Federer fightback after failing to capitalise when two sets and a break in front.

"To win this final against one the best players in the world and in history is something which is really fantastic for me," said Nadal. "It's one of my most beautiful dreams."

A magnanimous Federer said: "Congratulations to Rafa for having won the tournament once again. He played a super match today."

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