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Djokovic's 27-match Slam streak ends against Nadal

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PARIS (AP)

Moments after his rain-interrupted French Open final against Rafael Nadal resumed Monday, Novak Djokovic netted a forehand and punished himself by smacking his racket strings against the side of his head three times.

A day earlier, Djokovic cracked his racket against his green sideline bench, sending a piece of the furniture flying.

Bidding to become the first man since 1969 to win four consecutive Grand Slam championships, the No. 1-seeded Djokovic instead wound up one victory shy, frustrated and beaten by Nadal 6-4, 6-3, 2-6, 7-5 in the two-day title match at Roland Garros.

Djokovic said he was happy to reach his first final at the French Open but ''disappointed about this loss.''

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