Nadal has now won 18 Grand Slam titlesRafael 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. The...
It leaves the left-hander two Noteworthy Slam titles adrift of Switzerland's Roger Federer, who he beat within the semi-finals, and three obvious of Serbian world #1 Novak Djokovic, whose expose to withhold all four majors was ended by Thiem.
He took command by winning a high-octane first set, but Thiem, who was on court for the fourth consecutive day after weather delays, stayed in the contest and fought back to go level.
Nadal might have won a 12th Roland Garros title on the weekend, but he remains well behind Djokovic, a semifinalist in Paris, in ATP rankings released Monday.More news: Wheat Falls More Than 2.5% to Lowest in almost a Week
The way things look right now it might be Old Father Time that finally brings down the curtain on the current era, rather than the young pretenders stuck in the shadow of arguably the greatest three players ever to swing a racket. It's a motivation, yes, but.it's not what makes me get up every morning or go and train and play.
Nadal has been giving it all in Paris and elsewhere since 2005, and he is now 12-0 in finals, with a 93-2 win-loss record, at Roland Garros. "It's very special for me". And in the third set, Nadal didn't lose a single point on serve!
"Honestly, the last two years that I played in Wimbledon, I felt close again", he said.
"I love this tournament with all my heart, I love you people with all my heart", he told the crowd. He won it 12 times. You can not be happy like that - I don't like the frustration. Her final opponent, 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova, also plays with a lot of variety, as does 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova, who made her first slam semi-final.More news: Apple considering acquisition of Intel's 5G modem business
Three-time French Open victor Mats Wilander felt Thiem lost his way after winning the second set.
"I know that [Roger] Federer is there, Djokovic is there, Dominic [Thiem], many good players, but I want to think that Rafael has the possibility because it's impossible to work well without confidence. I was so far off the ball and couldn't play it any different way". And as everybody knows, I am not able to play so many weeks in a row like I did 10 years ago, eight years ago. "I feel sorry, because he deserves it here, too", Nadal said.
Nadal hasn't entered a grass-court tournament ahead of Wimbledon in any season since 2015. "He lost in the semifinal a year ago, playing a great match".
However with a dominant performance on Sunday, it looks Nadal who is now ranked number 2 in the world will continue to play for quite a few years more, provided he can stay injury free. "For me, [to win] Roland Garros, to feel myself enjoying again on court, that's the main thing". "You can't be frustrated all the time because the neighbour has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden".More news: Watch Dogs Legion Announced, Set in London, Coming Early Next Year