Post-match, Nadal had this to say:
"This is not a tragedy, losing here in Paris. It had to happen one day," said Nadal, who had not lost a set here since the 2007 final against Roger Federer.
"That's the end of the road, and I have to accept it. I have to accept my defeat as I accepted my victories: with calm."
Nadal has grown in our estimation by virtue of his gracious response. Can Roger Federer now win the only Grand Slam tournament to have eluded him?