It didn't matter how Novak Djokovic lost the rain-delayed French Open final to Rafael Nadal. It could have been off a wicked Nadal forehand or a topspin lob or an attempted passing shot that hit the tape on the net. Whichever way it happened, Rafael Nadal was not going to be defeated in his quest for his seventh French Open title.
That doesn't mean Djokovic can be happy with the way it went down. Serving at 5-6, 30-40 in the fourth set, Djokovic uncorked a double fault to hand Nadal his record-setting seventh French Open title and to end his own quest to become the first man since Rod Laver to win four majors in a row.
Djokovic didn't dwell on it. "He was better in the deciding moments," he said after the match. "I could have easily gone out in the fourth round or quarterfinals and saved some match points. To get this far, it's just a great effort and I'm really happy to be here."