It was an interesting final as Soderling controlled the majority of points against the Spaniard, who scrambled around after every single ball and dug them back into play, forcing Soderling into a glut of errors.
It was a shame that Soderling, despite having several opportunities to break his opponent's serve, just couldn't find the breakthrough when it really mattered, as he went down 6/4, 6/2, 6/4 to receive a 2nd consecutive runners-up biscuit tray.
Nadal meanwhile, cemented his legend as the modern-day king of clay; he now lies one more Roland Garros title behind Borg's record of six.
But we can only wait and see how much more rigorous dashing around the court Nadal's knees can cope with as Wimbledon is now fast approaching, followed by the U.S. Open in late August. At the Grand Slam half-way point we have Federer and Nadal with one each - who will edge ahead after Wimbledon?