posted on Jun, 8 2003 @ 11:31 AM
Juan Carlos Ferrero was crowned king of claycourt tennis with a 6-1 6-3 6-2 demolition of Dutch underdog Martin Verkerk.
The Spaniard, so long regarded as the world's best claycourter, finally put his reputation as a choker behind him with a brilliant display.
Verkerk, who surprised so many people by simply reaching the final, had no answer to Ferrero's baseline game and he slumped to the heaviest French
final defeat since Bjorn Borg's 1978 victory over Guillermo Vilas.
The big Dutchman's big serve did not click, perhaps due to the blustery conditions on Court Philippe Chatrier.