Rafael Nadal seemingly came into the French Open limping as the number one player in the world. He had just lost on the red clay courts of the Rome Masters to Novak Djokovic, who was on a seemingly unstoppable win streak.
During his first round match against USA's John Isner, the Spaniard appeared to struggle, dropping a set, and having to battle for a win.
Djokovic, on the other hand was on a tear. He only dropped a set all tournament. He came into the Federer match as the favorite with a 42-match win streak.
At the time, despite his continuing to win, Nadal said, I'm not playing well enough to win this tournament.
Those comments certainly reached Djokovic who was dominating his opponents.
Djokovic seemed to go into the Federer with all the confidence in the world. Many thought one of the greatest players in the world, Federer, was done, even though Djokovic had never gotten past a French Open semifinals.
In the end, that was the only streak that Djokovic continued, as his 42-game win streak ended to the legendary Federer.
After Nadal easily dispatched Andy Murray, Nadal remained coy despite seemly peaking at the right time to play Federer.
Owning a 16-8 record in head-to-head matches, Nadal was the favorite, but analysts were still proclaiming this to be another epic match in the rivalry.
Despite a great heated match, Nadal showed why he has won 6 out of the last 7 French Open titles, beating Federer in four sets. In the end, Nadal was the boss, the King of Clay that we all know.