2012 French Open
def. Novak Djokovic, 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5
Returning a day after getting rained out, Nadal broke the record he shared with Bjorn Borg, improved to 52-1 at the French Open and beat the man who had defeated him in the last three Grand Slam finals. Djokovic was trying to become the first man since Rod Laver, 43 years earlier, to win four straight major titles. He came up short just as Roger Federer twice did in seeking four in a row, also stopped by Nadal at Roland Garros.