Rafael Nadal wins 12th Roland Garros Trophy for 18th Major Title
(June 9, 2019) Rafael Nadal won an amazing 12th Roland Garros title on Sunday in Paris for his 18th major title beating world No. 4 Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 on Sunday in Paris. With the win, the world No. 2 put himself just two majors away from the all-time leader Roger Federer who has 20. It’s the Spaniard’s 82nd career tennis tour title and 59th clay court title. It’s a career 93rd match victory at Roland Garros.
The first set saw the 25-year-old Austrian Thiem get the first break of the match in the fifth game to take a 3-2 lead. Nadal won the next four straight games to take the set 6-3.
In the second set, Thiem picked up his game and broke serve in the 12th game to level the match at one set all.
Nadal opened the third set winning 16 of the first 17 points to go up two breaks for a 4-0 lead. Nadal broke serve again in the seventh game for 6-1 to take a 2 sets to one lead.
Nadal was relentless in the fourth set, breaking the Austrian early to move out to a 3-0 lead, breaking again in the 6th game and closing out the match 6-1.
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“First thing I want to say is congratulate to Dominic and I feel sorry because he really deserve it,” Nadal said during the trophy ceremony. “He’s a very hard worker.”
“He has unbelievable intensity, unbelievable passion for this sport. I really hope that he will have the chance to win [the French] in the future..I want to congratulate him and encourage him for the future.”
“It’s an incredible moment. I can’t explain it.” Nadal said to the crowd in French after the win.
“It was a dream to play [at Roland Garros] back in 2005 when I won my first title. This continues to be a dream and thank you to everybody who continues to support me.“
“It’s very tough right now because I have given everything I’ve had over these past two weeks. They were amazing.” Thiem said during the trophy ceremony. “I love this tournament with my heart.”“Rafa, well done. Of course, I’m very sad to lose, but you’re such an amazing champion, such a legend of our sport.”
“I dropped in my game for some reason,” Thiem said to NBC television in regard to the third set. It’s not that bad against some other guys, but Rafa stepped on me and that’s why he’s so good.”
“This one, I had been going through some very tough moments the last 18 months,” Nadal said after the match. “A lot of injuries. A lot of problems with my body. After Monte-Carlo. After Indian Wells when I had to retire in the semifinal with Roger, mentally, I went down.”
His 12 French Open titles mark the first time that any player has won any major tournament 12 times. Nadal is just the second person in the Open Era to win 12 singles titles at one tournament – Martina Navratilova win 12 singles titles in Chicago during her career.
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The victory marked his 950th tour level match win for the 33-year-old. The Spaniard is 4th on the all-time list for most men’s Tour-level match-wins –behind Roger Federer (1207), Jimmy Connors (1156) and Ivan Lendl (1069).
Nadal extends the streak of thirty-somethings winning major titles – The last 11 major titles will have been shared between players aged 30 or older. Nadal is 33. The last man in his 20s to win a major was Great Britian’s Andy Murray who won 2016 Wimbledon at age 29.
Nadal is the third oldest French Open champion in the Open Era after Andres Gimeno in 1972 (34 years 306 days) and Ken Rosewall in 1968 (33 years 220 days).
Nadal has now raised his record against Thiem to 9-4 – a perfect 5-0 when playing the Austrian at majors.
Nadal will pocket €2,300,000 in prize money, $2.62 million in U.S. dollars.
More to follow……