Rafael Nadal became the first man in the Open era to win the French Open for a seventh time as he defeated Novak Djokovic in a rain-affected match that lasted two days.
The Spaniard had looked in complete control when he took the first two sets against the world number one, only to then lose eight games in a row and find himself a break down in the fourth set.
Resuming 2-1 down in the fourth it was Nadal who came out the stronger and he eventually prevailed to secure a 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5 win that saw him overtake Bjorn Borg who had won six titles at Roland Garros.
Nadal had struggled with the conditions yesterday evening as the damp weather meant that the balls became heavy but he was much more comfortable on Monday afternoon.
The world number two instantly broke Djokovic and the match then continued to go with serve as Nadal moved 6-5 up.
Djokovic then struggled on his serve and faced a match point at 30-40 but with his powers of recovery it came as a major shock as he double-faulted to hand Nadal the title.
"For me it is a great honour," said Nadal. "This tournament is probably the most special in the world and having this trophy with me I am really emotional. It is probably one of the most special moments in my career."
Djokovic was also quick to offer his support to Nadal after another superb final which showcased just why these two players are the best in the world.
"Congratulations to Rafa and his team for another title; he is a great player," Djokovic said. "I am privileged to be in this position for the first time. Rafa was a better player and I hope to come back next year and play even better."