Nadal Wins 8th French Title by Beating Ferrer

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PARIS (AP) - Rafael Nadal has become the first man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam tournament after beating fellow Spaniard David Ferrer in the French Open final, 6-3, 6-2, 6-3.

Nadal broke the men's record for match wins at Roland Garros, where he improved to 59-1, with his lone defeat against Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009.

Protesters briefly interrupted the match. One man jumped onto the court near Nadal with a fiery flare spurting white smoke. Security personnel pushed him to the ground and quickly dragged him away. Another guard stood near Nadal, protecting him while the protester was subdued.

The seven-time French Open champion later shook the bodyguard's hand before resuming play.

Earlier, two people interrupted play by chanting while holding a banner in the upper deck until security led them away. Other protesters also brandishing red flares climbed to the top of the adjacent court and unfurled a banner calling for the resignation of French President Francois Hollande.