Rafael Nadal defied David Ferrer as well as a worrying security breach at Roland Garros to become the first man to capture the same Grand Slam title eight times with victory in the French Open final.
After a closely-fought first set, Nadal dominated the second, and overcame stiff resistance by David Ferrer in the third.
Nadal's push to victory suffered a heart-stopping moment in the second set when a protestor, naked from the waist up, leapt from the stands on court, carrying a flare and protesting France's controversial same sex marriage law.
Ferrer was confronted by Nadal's record of 145 wins against just three losses when he had won the first set of a Grand Slam match.
Heading in to Sunday's final, Ferrer's personal history with Nadal was stacked against him with just four wins against 19 defeats.
Nadal claimed his seventh title of 2013 after returning to the tour in February following a seven-month injury lay-off. This is also the first Grand Slam Nadal has played since his defeat to Lucas Rosol at Wimbledon last year.
Nadal consoles Ferrer after a crushing straight-sets defeat. It also gave Nadal his 59th win out of 60 matches played in Paris.
Nadal claimed his 12th Grand Slam with a win over his Spanish compatriot Ferrer who was playing in his first Slam final at the age of 31 and at the 42nd time of asking.
Sprint legend Usain Bolt handed over the trophy to Nadal. Bolt was seated in the VIP box along with Hollywood superstar Leonardo DiCaprio.