Rafael Nadal became the first player to win eight titles at a single grand slam tournament on Sunday when he thrashed fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in straight sets to win the French Open.
In a lopsided and protest-interrupted affair on the Phillipe Chatrier court Nadal clinically brushed aside Ferrer 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 in two hours and 17 minutes.
27-year-old Nadal now has 12 grand slam titles to his name after winning Wimbledon twice and both the Australian and US Open once.
Winning eight titles at the same slam means Nadal has surpassed the record he shared with Pete Sampras and Roger Federer (both of whom won Wimbledon seven times).
The match in Paris was briefly interrupted whilst Nadal was preparing to serve in the second set. A bare-chested masked protester jumped out of the crowd and ran onto the court after letting off a flare in the stands.
The protester was swiftly dragged out by security.
It is thought the protest was against the same-sex marriage bill, which also legalises gay adoption, that was signed into French law last month.
Moments earlier play had been briefly halted when a couple high in the stands began chanting and showing a banner saying ‘Help! France tramples on children’s rights’.
Six other protesters brandishing flares, got to the top row of the neighbouring Court Suzanne Lenglen unfolding a banner saying ‘HOLLANDE DEMISSION’ (‘Hollande resign’) before being ejected by security.
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