PARIS (AP) — Rafael Nadal has taken a two-set lead in his French Open final against fellow Spaniard David Ferrer, 6-3, 6-2.
Nadal is seeking to become the first man to win eight titles at the same Grand Slam event, while Ferrer is a first-time major finalist.
Nadal broke three times in the opening set and won the final three games. He broke three more times in the second set, dominating with his combination of defense and superior power.
The second set was briefly interrupted by protesters, with one man jumping onto the court with a fiery flare spurting white smoke.
He's bidding for his 12th Grand Slam title, which would move him into a tie for third place with Roy Emerson behind Roger Federer's 17 and Pete Sampras' 14.