Mind over matter helps Nadal win title

June 12, 2012, Tuesday/ 17:00:00

It is not the high looping bounce that sits up perfectly for his vicious top spin forehand that makes Rafa Nadal the King of Clay -- the Spaniard says it is his sheer mental toughness. 

Nadal beat world number one Novak Djokovic 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 on Monday to usurp Sweden’s iceman Bjorn Borg with a record seventh French Open title, a staggering feat considering it came in only his eighth Roland Garros campaign. “My mental part is one of the most important things, especially on clay,” he told reporters with the Musketeers’ Cup perched by his side.

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