French Open 2012: Rafael Nadal Beats Novak Djokovic In Men's Final

Rafael Nadal won the 2012 French Open Men's title on Monday for his record seventh title win.

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2012 French Open Results: Men's Final Postponed By Weather, Will Resume Monday

Fans at the 2012 French Open Men's Final were forced to leave the event unfulfilled on Sunday evening at a soggy Roland Garros, as continuous rain halted the title match between No. 1 Novak Djokovic and No. 2 Rafael Nadal in the fourth set.

After seeing Nadal open up a big lead (6-4 in the first set, 5-2 in the second), the two men were forced into their dressing rooms after rain rendered the clay surface unplayable. A brief delay ensued, to which Nadal promptly stole the second set immediately upon getting back on the court . World No. 1 Djokovic responded with a strong third set victory (6-2) over a visibly-annoyed Nadal, who continued to bark at officials about the poor playing conditions to no avail.

As the momentum began to shift with Djokovic leading 2-1 in the fourth set, the match was once again halted by rain. And after determining the best course of action, tennis officials made the call to postpone play until 7:00 am ET Monday morning. With both men clearly frustrated by the situation it will be interesting to see what a night's rest can do for the intensity level in tomorrow's brief finale.

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French Open 2012: Novak Djokovic To Face Rafael Nadal In Men's Final

After dispatching a visibly-aging Roger Federer over just three sets (6-4, 7-5, 6-3), world no. 1 Novak Djokovic kept his improbable run through major tournaments intact, and now will face No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal in Sunday's 2012 French Open Men's Final.

Djokovic enters his Sunday match with Nadal on a winning stretch for the ages, and would actually be the current title holder in all four majors if he's able to pull off a victory. Facing a well-conditioned athlete such as Nadal on his favorite playing surface could prove to be the most difficult task yet for the 25-year-old phenom however, and viewers should be treated to yet another epic finale between the two rivals.

Before making quick work of Federer, Djokovic edged No. 5 seed Jo-Wilfried Tsonga from France in a thrilling five-set quarterfinal match. Nadal, a six-time champ at Roland Garros looking for his unprecedented seventh title, wasted little time sending the trio of David Ferrer (No. 6), Nicolas Almagro (No. 12), and Juan Monaco (No. 13) each home in straight-set victories.

Even though these two men last played at Roland Garros in a 2008 quarterfinal match that Nadal cruised through in just three sets (6-4, 6-2, 7-6), there's no question that Sunday's head-to-head showdown has the potential to go the full distance.

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French Open 2012 Update: Former Champ Serena Williams Upset In First Round

Everything appeared to be going to plan on Day 3 of the French Open's first round, until a late day match between former winner Serena Williams and heavy underdog Virginie Razzano sent shockwaves through the crowds of Roland Garros.

After taking the opening set 6-to-4, Williams blew a 5-1 lead in the second set tiebreaker to force a third frame. From there, Razzano, the world's No. 111 ranked player, shot out to a quick 5-0 lead before succumbing to leg cramps. Despite a moderate effort by Williams to turn the tide facing defeat, Razzano held on for a 6-3 victory to cap arguably one of the biggest opening round upsets in women's tennis history.

Entering the day Williams was an unbelievable 46-0 in opening round matches at Roland Garros, but will now have to watch the rest of the field take part in the event from the sidelines. Hailing from France, Randazzo will now face Arantxa Rus of the Netherlands in the second round.

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