6 Jun 2011

Nadal wins sixth French crown

8:15 pm on 6 June 2011

World tennis No 1 Rafael Nadal won his sixth French Open title in Paris on Sunday.

Nadal, 25, beat Roger Federer 7-5 7-6 5-7 6-1 in the final at Roland Garros.

It was the Spaniard's 10th grand slam crown and his 17th win over Federer in 25 meetings.

''Thanks to all the fans. Thanks to all the ones who make this tournament the best in the world,'' Nadal said afterwards.

''We played a good match today. Roger played a fantastic match.''

Federer, of Switzerland, returned the compliment.

''It was an exceptional performance by Rafa. He's beaten me again. I'm sad but I am happy to play him again,'' he said.

''He is the best player on clay but I am proud of the way I have played over the last two weeks, but I couldn't do enough against him.''

The win equals Bjorn Borg's men's singles record at Roland Garros.

Nadal's 10 titles consist of six French Opens, two Wimbledons, one US Open and one Australian Open.

Federer, 29, still leads the way with 16 majors.