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Nadal improved to 52-1 at the 2012 French Open
For a brief moment, there seemed to be a new sheriff in town. Nadal and Federer had gone back and fourth in recent the years, vying for the spotlight as the world's greatest tennis player.
But then Novak Djokovic took his game to another level, prompting SportsCenter to further their attempts at bridging sports with pop culture by paying homage to Dave Chappelle. During another moment of complete Djoko domination, the question, "Is Wayne Brady gonna have to Djokovic?" was posed.
Beginning in 2011, Djokovic went on an historic streak, winning 84.7 percent of his matches, including five Grand Slams throughout 2011 and 2012. He also ranked No. 1 in the world for over 11 months.
Nadal, meanwhile, was turning out sub-par performances and early exits due to injury.
At the 2012 French Open, Nadal and Djokovic met for the fourth consecutive Grand Slam final, something that has never been done in tennis history.
And Nadal let everyone know that if you thought he went anywhere, he's now back to his old self, especially on clay.
He defeated Djokovic in a final that stretched two days because of interruptions from mother nature, beating Djoko 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5. That one set he dropped in the Final was the only set he lost in the entire tournament.
The win was huge. He made history by improving to a staggering 52-1 at Roland Garros and surpassed Bjorn Borg's overall titles record.
But perhaps most impressive and reassuring for him is that he let everyone know that he's still in rare form, defeating the man that had denied him wins in the last three Grand Slam finals.
In doing so, he denied Djoko the distinction of becoming the first man since Rod Laver in 1969 to win four Grand Slams in a single year.
Victory, they say, is served best with a side of revenge.