Not even a crazed fan attempting to overthrow Court Philippe Chatrier with a single flare could get in the way of Rafael Nadal winning a record eighth French Open title on Sunday, as the King of Clay beat fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in straight sets (6-3, 6-2, 6-2).
With his trusty Nike Air Max Courtballistec 4.3 sneakers at his feet, Rafa improved his record at Roland Garros to an impressive 59-1 (with the one loss coming against Robin Soderling back in 2009). The final against Ferrer wasn’t the marquee matchup the tennis world was expecting when the action in Paris kicked off a couple weeks ago, but it was all the same for Rafa, who dropped down to his beloved clay and covered his face in an attempt to try and hide his emotions after putting away the championship point.
Of his eight French Open titles, Nadal has won five of them while wearing the Nike Air Max Courtballistec series, with the last two coming in the latest version of the all-court shoe, the Courtballistec 4.3. Given the success he’s had in the shoes, don’t expect him to hang them up any time soon.