Rafael Nadal ties Bjorn Borg with sixth French Open title

Jun 5, 2011 12:00 AM

Nadal vs Federer. Another epic and a sixth French Open title for the King of clay.

For the 25th time in what could very well go down as the sport’s greatest rivalry, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer met in the French Open final with the winner guaranteed to make more history.

And it was Nadal that did. The world’s No. 1 rated player lived up to his -240 consensus price among linesmakers, equaling Bjorn Borg’s all-time record for singles titles at Roland Garros.

Federer, who ended Novak Djokovic’s 43-match win streak in the semifinals, pushed Nadal but eventually lost 7-5, 7-6 (7-3), 5-7, 6-1. The Swiss superstar was trying to extend his all-time record for Grand Slam titles won to 17 with a victory over the one player he has struggled against.

The over / under was 38½ games (-120) and over 3½ sets (-185) according to Covers.com.

Nadal is now 17-8 lifetime against Federer, including 12-2 on clay, 6-2 in Grand Slam finals and 5-0 at the French Open.

The Spaniard improved to 45-1 lifetime at the French. Borg lost only two matches in his dominance at Roland Garros.