• French Open, Day 15: What They Said

What They Said: Special for Nadal, Ferrer pleased

ESPN staff
June 9, 2013
Rafael Nadal defeated David Ferrer in straight sets on Sunday © Getty Images

Rafael Nadal secured an eighth French Open triumph on Sunday with victory over David Ferrer in the final, and the undisputed 'King of Clay' thanked everyone around him for the special moment.

"It's one of the most special ones," Nadal, who returned in February after being on the sidelines for seven months with a knee injury, said.

"Especially last year, we had some low moments. If my family and my team were not with me every day, I would not be here today."

Nadal's latest French Open victory meant he broke two records; for the most match wins at Roland Garros (59), and for the most event wins at a grand slam.

And the Spaniard revealed they were something which never crossed his mind. "I never dreamt about his kind of thing. It's been a lot of work since I was a kid," he said.

Playing in his first major final, Ferrer was gracious in defeat and hailed Nadal as the greatest. "I enjoy[ed] a lot these two weeks. I congratulate Rafa, he's the best," he said.

"I will try to do my best to have another chance to win a grand slam. I know it's going to be difficult, but I will fight to be here in another final again."

© ESPN Sports Media Ltd.