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Pre-French Expectations: Going into the tournament, Rafael Nadal was the favorite to win the title. He was coming into Roland Garros on a 15-match winning streak after wins in Barcelona, Madrid and Rome.
The Reality: Nadal not only won his record-setting eighth French Open trophy, he did it in style. After struggling a bit in his first couple of matches and dropping a set to both Daniel Brands and Martin Klizan, he continued to play better and better each round. By the time he reached the final against David Ferrer, he was unstoppable.
Defining Moment: His 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3-7), 9-7 win over Novak Djokovic in the semifinals will be remembered for a lot longer than his victory in the final. He was broken serving for the match in the fourth set, but came back from a break down in the fifth set to capture the victory. It was another dramatic match in a rivalry that continues to produce greatness.