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Nadal claims fifth French Open title

Nadal claims fifth French Open title
Spain's Rafael Nadal recaptured his French Open crown after a 6-4, 6-2, 6-4 win over Sweden's Roger Soderling. (Getty Images)
Nadal claims fifth French Open title
In the 2009 tournament, Soderling produced a major upset when he ended Nadal's 31 match, four title winning streak in Paris, with a shock fourth round triumph. (Getty Images)
Nadal claims fifth French Open title
The match got underway in front of a packed Philippe Chatrier court, after a morning storm created cool and overcast conditions after the sweltering heat of the woman's final. (Getty Images)
Nadal claims fifth French Open title
As the match got underway, Soderling opened aggressively, with some serves hitting 220km/h, as he won the the first break point of the match in the third game. (Getty Images)
Nadal claims fifth French Open title
Nadal soon grabbed control of the game after he fooled Soderling with a cross-court backhand, which looked to be going out, but instead dipped and landed inside the baseline. (Getty Images)
Nadal claims fifth French Open title
An enthralled crowd watched on, with a number of celebrities present, including superstar couple, Beyonce Knowles and husband, Shawn 'Jay Z' Carter. (Getty Images)
Nadal claims fifth French Open title
With storm clouds gathering, Soderling went for broke, powering down serves, but despite briefly gaining the upper hand, was unable to take full advantage, and allowed Nadal to soak up the pressure and counter attack. (Getty Images)
Nadal claims fifth French Open title
Having grabbed a two sets to nil lead, Nadal was remorseless, capturing Soderling's serve to open the third set, and finally held four serves in the following game to win the tournament. (Getty Images)
Nadal claims fifth French Open title
After a heroic campaign, which saw him beat former world no 1, Roger Federer in the quarter finals, Soderling had accept another runner up medal after last year's disappointment, when he lost to Federer. (Getty Images)
Nadal claims fifth French Open title
Having secured his fifth Roland Garros title and reclaimed his number one ranking, Nadal, 24, joined the likes of John McEnroe, Mats Wilander and 1920's French legend, Rene Lacoste, in winning his seventh grand slam title. (Getty Images)