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As it happened: Nadal v Puerta
French Open:

Final result:

R Nadal Spa v M Puerta Arg

6-7 (6-8) 6-3 6-1 7-5


Game-by-game updates:

Fourth set

Nadal 7-5 Puerta
The high standard of tennis continues at Roland Garros - both players dash round the court to move to 15-15. A lashing forehand from Nadal down the line sees him edge to 15-30. Puerta seizes a short ball to go to 30-30. But Nadal wrong-foots him with a sweeping backhand to move to match-point. Puerta shoots wide to hand Nadal a break and the match.

Nadal 6-5 Puerta
Nadal is enlivened and aggressively grabs the first point on his serve. Puerta lashes the ball wide twice but stays composed to move to 40-30. The Argentine skews long his return and Nadal holds to move one game away from victory.

Nadal 5-5 Puerta
Nadal is forced to go on the defensive and dumps the ball into the net at 15-0. Another miss from Nadal and then one from Puerta take it to 30-15. A mighty forehand gives Puerta two set-points but he cannot stretch enough to reach Nadal's winner. Nadal makes him work again and Puerta dives but sees the game slide to deuce.
Nadal skews his return but Puerta dumps a third set-point chance into the net. Puerta goes wide to hand Nadal advantage and the Spaniard breaks back with great hands at the net.

Nadal 4-5 Puerta
Nadal remains cool at the net too as he strolls to 30-0. The crowd roars as Puerta lashes in a return to steal a point. The Argentine storms to the net to smash down another winner. Nadal hits long to hand Puerta a break-point and he attacks at the net again to break again.

Nadal 4-4 Puerta
The crowd disrupt the progress of the match with a Mexican wave around the court. But there is exciting stuff on court too when the action resumes. Puerta shows great reactions at the net to move to 40-0 and goes to love.

Nadal 4-3 Puerta
Nadal makes some errors to let Puerta in again at 0-30. The crowd begin to make a lot of noise in support of the Argentine as he goes to triple break-point. Puerta cannot get to a drop-shot in time and hands one back. A powerful serve saves another and Puerta returns long to slide to deuce. Nadal recovers to advantage but goes back to deuce with a wide. Nadal clips the line and then passes Puerta to hold.

Nadal 3-3 Puerta
Puerta gets into problems as he slides to 0-30. Despite the cross-court athleticism of Nadal, he is able to recover both points. And the Argentine holds with an overhead smash.

Nadal 3-2 Puerta
Nadal coolly collects two points on his serve with ease as Puerta battles to scrape one back at 30-15. A mishit by the Spaniard opens the door at 40-30 but he skips the ball over the net to hold.

Nadal 2-2 Puerta
Puerta knows now is the time to hang on in the match and he holds to love with an ace.

Nadal 2-1 Puerta
Nadal surrenders some points on his own serve but makes no mistake as he thunders down a forehand return to hold.

Nadal 1-1 Puerta
Puerta goes long to hand Nadal the first point of the game. The Argentine takes the ball early and sends a flying backhand winner over at 15-15. He flings the ball wide at 15-30 but recovers with a gentle forehand. Nadal gets a break-point chance and takes it as Puerta cannot get the ball over the net.

Nadal 0-1 Puerta
Nadal tries to keep the momentum driving forward in the fourth set but he gives Puerta a glimmer of hope as he presents him with a break-point. The Argentine dumps the ball into the net for deuce but takes advantage twice - Nadal goes long to hand the Argentine the break.

Third set

Nadal 6-1 Puerta
Nadal's athleticism around court sees him move to two set-points. Puerta saves one with a diagonal forehand but hands the Spaniard the set with a double-fault.

Nadal 5-1 Puerta
Puerta's legs look heavy but he manages to force deuce, largely because of Nadal's own errors. But the teenage fourth seed wraps up the game.

Nadal 4-1 Puerta
Puerta shouts to himself as he smashes the ball into the clay at 30-0. Nadal recovers an attempted lob and nips it back over the net to steal a point. The Spaniard strokes the ball down the line to take him to deuce. Puerta flings the ball wide and Nadal delivers a stinging forward to snatch the double-break.

Nadal 3-1 Puerta
The Argentine tries to eek his way back into the match with some aggressive strokes and moves to 30-30. An ace from Nadal - his fifth - and two more unforced errors saw Nadal hold.

Nadal 2-1 Puerta
Puerta livens, whipping two forehand winners to go to 30-0. Puerta holds as Nadal clatters the ball into the post of the net.

Nadal 2-0 Puerta
Puerta grimaces and is perhaps beginning to tire after two hours on court. The Argentine is not moving so well and Nadal comfortably holds to 15.

Nadal 1-0 Puerta
Things seem to be heading Nadal's way as he races to a 0-40 lead. Puerta rescues one point but an early break is secured once again.

Second set

Nadal 6-3 Puerta
Nadal yelps as he wins the first point on his serve. Puerta dumps the ball into the net at 30-0. Nadal unleashes a potent backhand and Puerta's return goes long. The Spaniard holds to level the match one-set all.

Nadal 5-3 Puerta
Puerta surrenders two points to Nadal but nips the line with a lashing forehand for 15-30. Nadal spins the ball over the net with a short backhand to move to set-point but a second-serve ace saves deuce. A diagonal shot over the net gives Puerta advantage and he holds with a diving shot at the net.

Nadal 5-2 Puerta
Nadal scoops the ball wide to hand Puerta the first point. The Spanish fourth seed seems to be finding his rhythm in the rallies and goes to 40-15. He holds to 30 with a pounding forehand.

Nadal 4-2 Puerta
Puerta steps up his game a little to go 30-15 ahead and seals the game with an ace.

Nadal 4-1 Puerta
Nadal seems to be breaking Puerta down and swiftly moves to 40-0. The Argentine manages to get two points back but Nadal consolidates his break with an ace to hold.

Nadal 3-1 Puerta
Nadal nicks the first point on Puerta's serve and then takes another with a pounding forehand. A break looks imminent as Puerta loops the ball long. But he saves deuce with a curving volley, a casual drop shot and a booming serve. Nadal takes the game back to deuce twice and races for a passing shot to take advantage and Puerta carelessly gives away the break with a long return.

Nadal 2-1 Puerta
The Argentine draws Nadal into the net to steal a point at 30-30. But the teenager holds as a lull falls over the match - the players probably need to recoup some energy after the frenetic opening set.

Nadal 1-1 Puerta
Puerta chips a neat shot over the net to move to 40-15 and he delivers his first ace to hold.

Nadal 1-0 Puerta
A calm opening game to the second set lowers the tempo of the match and Nadal holds to 15.

First set

Nadal 6-7 Puerta
Puerta rasps an angled shot over the net for 1-0 in the tie-break. Nadal wins both his service points at 2-1. And the Spaniard takes a mini-break at 3-2 after a long rally. Puerta sneaks a point back as he chases down a low ball over the net and takes a second as he sends Nadal the wrong way at 4-3. Nadal beats Puerta twice with some clever forehands to go 5-4 up. In a thrilling contest, Puerta steals a point at the net and then Nadal goes long to hand Puerta set-point at 6-5. But the set is not over as Nadal saves at 6-6. Puerta slams down the ball to go to 7-6 and Nadal puts the ball wide to hand the Argentine the first set 8-6 in the breaker.

Nadal 6-6 Puerta
Nadal runs into the net to move to 15-15. A solid smash from Puerta sees him go to 15-30. A shout from Nadal as he goes 40-30 ahead and then holds.

Nadal 5-6 Puerta
Nadal loops a lob over Puerta which drops right on the line to move 30-15 ahead. Another high shot from the teenager goes long this time at 30-30. Puerto plays steadily to grab a vital hold.

Nadal 5-5 Puerta
Nadal pumps his fist as he muscles his way to 40-0 and he cheekily holds with a deft, drop shot over the net.

Nadal 4-5 Puerta
Puerta seems in fine fettle now too and it is his turn to race to a love service game.

Nadal 4-4 Puerta
Nadal fires himself up and he delivers a love service game to get back on track.

Nadal 3-4 Puerta
Buoyed by the break, Puerta quickly moves to 40-0 and he holds to 30.

Nadal 3-3 Puerta
A more frustrated Nadal loses the opening two points of his serve. A lob from Puerta sees him move to break-point. But Nadal scrapes back two points before Puerta breaks back as the Spaniard goes long.

Nadal 3-2 Puerta
There is some exciting tennis as the pair make each other chase the ball around the court. But Puerta does look vulnerable and mishits the ball twice to go to 15-40. The Argentine calls for the trainer and things do not look good as he receives treatment on his right thigh.
Puerta returns to the court and rescues one breakpoint and then drops the ball over the net to save deuce. The Argentine moves to advantage but goes back to deuce. Puerta take advantage with a deft shot at the net and Nadal pumps the ball into the net to see Puerta hold after a dramatic game.

Nadal 3-1 Puerta
Nadal scoots the ball down the tramlines to go 0-15 but he quickly recovers and shows quick feet to rescue a point at the net at 40-30 and holds.

Nadal 2-1 Puerta
Puerta does not seem so certain on his own serve as he did when he was chasing down Nadal in the previous game. Puerta shoots long at 30-40 but he saves with a brilliant diagonal shot. And the Argentine holds.

Nadal 2-0 Puerta
The game goes to deuce and Puerta makes Nadal skid around the court to take advantage. Nadal saves but the Argentine stylishly grabs another break chance. The Spaniard takes it back to deuce again and goes on to hold. But Puerta is being competitive and the crowd are so far being entertained in Paris.

Nadal 1-0 Puerta
Puerta opens up the men's final as Nadal elects to receive. A pair of booming serves takes him to 30-0 but Nadal scuttles round the court to make it 30-30. The Argentine goes long to hand Nadal an early break. Nadal takes the early advantage after a long baseline rally.

Background

Teenage favourite Rafael Nadal, seeded fourth, takes on unseeded Argentine Mariano Puerta for the men's title.

Both are left-handed and are capable of hitting aggressive groundstrokes on their favoured clay surface.

Spain's Nadal and Puerta are both seeking their first Grand Slam crown.

If Nadal wins, he will become the first man since Mats Wilander in 1982 to win the French Open on his debut.

Should Puerta take the title an unseeded Argentine will take top honours for the second year running.

Both players are welcomed onto Philippe Chatrier Court - with Nadal wearing his trademark long, white shorts.





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