Rafael Nadal Already Looking Forward Following Historic Day at French Open

Pete SchauerCorrespondent IJune 10, 2013

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09:  Rafael Nadal of Spain poses with the Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy as he celebrates victory in the men's singles final against David Ferrer of Spain during day fifteen of the French Open at Roland Garros on June 9, 2013 in Paris, France.  (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)
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The great ones never rest.

Rafael Nadal was stellar on Sunday, taking down David Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 to earn a historic eighth French Open title—something no man has ever done, according to ESPN's SportsCenter.

The 27-year-old Nadal has won 59 out of a possible 60 matches at Roland Garros, per Greg Garber of ESPN, which further bolsters his resume as one of the greatest tennis players in history—and arguably the best to ever compete on clay.

Even after asserting his dominance over his fellow Spaniard and earning his 12th Grand Slam singles title, Nadal could do nothing but look forward. From the Roland Garros Twitter account:

After missing a considerable amount of time due to a partially torn patella tendon in his left knee, it's no surprise that Rafa can't help but look forward to snagging the No. 1 ranking. Nadal certainly has some work to do, as Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray and Roger Federer sit atop the rankings ahead of him.

It is nice to stay in the moment, though.

At the mere age of 27, Nadal still has plenty of shelf life, and he proved that after returning from an injury that some didn't believe he could return to greatness from so soon. 

Aside from Nadal's impeccable conditioning—think back to his four-and-a-half hour match versus Djokovic—even the Spaniard's competitors can see how focused and ready he is to continue his greatness. From the ATP World Tour Twitter account:

Already boasting 12 Grand Slam titles, Rafa has a chance to make tennis history by winning more titles than any other man to ever play the game. With youth and a slew of talent on his side, Nadal is poised to go down as arguably the greatest man to ever grace a tennis court.

If he can remain healthy and continue his rigorous training regimen, I wouldn't bet against Nadal.


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