12th Roland Garros title for Rafael Nadal
Rafael Nadal claimed his 12th Roland Garros title as he beat Dominic Thiem. It was another routine victory the Spaniard who have won for the third straight year at Roland Garros after a 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 triumph in an astounding final.
The World Number 2 became the first tennis player to win 12 singles titles at a similar Grand Slam. Today’s victory makes it 18 Grand Slam titles in all for the Spaniard as he moved three Grand Slams titles ahead of Novak Djokovic, and two titles behind Rogers Federer who has astonishing 20 Grand Slam titles. Nadal defeated Federer in the semi finals before lifting the cup in the final.
The world number now has 93 French Open wins and with only two losses. He won the title in 2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017 and 2018.
The last 10 grand Slam titles have been shared between Nadal, Federer and Djokovic.
It was a difficult match for Thiem, who had beaten his rival multiple times before, couldn’t manage a single a solitary point off Nadal’s initial five service rounds of the second set.
In any case, the world number 4, after much strive, was able to constrain Nadal into three hurried groundstrokes and then was able broke to take the second set.
It was the set he had figured out how to take off Nadal at Roland Garros after three past straight defeats
Afterwards, the world number two cleared the initial 10 of the third set, cutting out a twofold break for 3-0 preceding clearing to a third break for the set.
Thiem’s hope of becoming the only Grand Slam winner from Austria after Thomas Muster who won it in 1995 was cut short by another fascinating display of prowess from Nadal.
Nadal capitalized on the inability of the Austrian to make good use of the break points, which gave the twelve-time French Open champion opportunity to stretch to 3-0.
Speaking after his Victory, “I am sorry as you are one of the best examples on tour. You are a hard worker, always have a smile on your face and are a good person. That’s the most important thing. Thanks for being a great inspiration for me and small kids around the world.” Nadal said.
The world number two went further to say that it had been a dream to win again in Paris in 2019 after playing for the first time in Paris 14 years ago. “it is very special for me, Nadal said.
With just two titles adrift of Rogers Federer, there will be more to expect from the King of Clay.