Rafael Nadal maintained his stranglehold on the French Open by beating Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem in four sets to lift a 12th men’s singles title. The Spaniard won for the third straight year at Roland Garros with a 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 victory in a high-quality final. Thiem, 25, suffered his second Grand Slam final defeat after losing in three sets to Nadal in last year’s final.
The 33-year-old is the first player to win 12 singles titles at the same Grand Slam and has now won 18 majors overall. “I can’t explain what I’ve achieved and how I feel. It’s a dream,” said Nadal. “To play for the first time in 2005 – I never thought in 2019 I’d still be here. It’s an incredible moment and very special for me.”
Merci @rolandgarros for this amazing experience. 12!! Still can’t believe it pic.twitter.com/iNj8Me4iRJ— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) June 9, 2019
Merci @rolandgarros for this amazing experience. 12!! Still can’t believe it pic.twitter.com/iNj8Me4iRJ
— Rafa Nadal (@RafaelNadal) June 9, 2019
Nadal is now two majors shy of Roger Federer’s all-time men’s mark of 20, and Nadal also put further distance between himself and Novak Djokovic, who rank third all-time with 15 Grand Slam titles. Thiem beat Djokovic in a five-set semifinal that stretched across two days and ended Djokovic’s chances of a second straight “Nole Slam.” Nadal also tied golf legend Jack Nicklaus with 18 majors, the most in that sport.
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18 July, 2019