Rafael Nadal termed Sunday as the most emotional day of his career after regaining the French Open title with a straight sets victory over Robin Soderling of Sweden.
Nadal, who now has seven grand slam titles to his name, wrapped up victory when Soderling netted a backhand before collapsing on to his back, clenching his fists and then bursting into tears as he sat on his chair.
"It's the most emotional day in my career." Nadal told the crowd in French.
"I would like to congratulate Robin for his amazing two years here," Nadal said, in English. "I am sorry for today but I played my best match against you, if I didn't I would have been impossible to beat you."
Soderling said Nadal, who did not lose a set all fortnight, could go on to add to his five French Open titles.
"Five victories here is really amazing," the Swede said. "If you continue to play like this, you will for sure have the chance to win many more.
"I will come back next year. I hope it will be third time lucky for me." Nadal is just the second man to win Roland Garros at least five times and he is now within one victory of equalling Sweden's Bjorn Borg record of six titles.