Published: Fri, June 14, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nadal wins record 12th French Open title over Thiem

Nadal wins record 12th French Open title over Thiem

"I have been able to be very close to win another title there", Nadal, who was edged out by Novak Djokovic in an epic semi-final past year, told reporters in Paris. Then I played the way I should play in the second set, very aggressive.

At 33, Nadal is the best part of five years younger than the Swiss veteran but with a career blighted by injuries, he refuses to target the all-time record.

No man has done the Roland Garros-Wimbledon double since Nadal himself in 2010, when he picked up his second Wimbledon title, two years after his first. Even if the first year was that match against Muller, I played great tennis there too.

- Dominic Thiem said he had "forgotten" the weird incident which had seen him booted out of a news conference to accommodate Serena Williams who he then accused of having "a bad personality". That's not the way that I see the life. "I was so far off the ball and couldn't play it any different way". "So that's makes these last few weeks very, very special", Nadal was able to say Sunday night.

"I am not able to play so many weeks in a row like I did 10 years ago, eight years ago".

Nadal now has twice as many Roland Garros titles as Borg, a record that surely will never be beaten, especially as the Spaniard may well win the title again a couple more times before he's done.

Nadal believes he has been close to adding a third Wimbledon title to his collection in the last couple of years, when he also pitched up without any competitive grasscourt matches under his belt.

"Already the 20-year-old Novak was very, very good", said the German.

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Nadal said he will not play a grass-court warm-up event, preferring to rest, stay healthy and then start preparing for Wimbledon - although he may play one or two exhibition matches just to get the feel of the match-court. The Spaniard was yet to find his rhythm, facing two more break points in game six and repelling them with good serves before Federer wasted the third opportunity with a massive forehand error that would have cost him a lot.

"Of course, why not?" he said. I think [he is mentally ready].

"While you watched Nadal, as he won from every angle nearly impossible balls, you had to ask if anyone has ever played as good as Dominic Thiem and so little was rewarded", wrote the British newspaper "Daily Telegraph" on Monday. After Madrid and Barcelona, I was thinking about what I needed to do. As usual, Nadal seems too grounded to get carried away.

He said: "It's very tough".

"You can't be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you, or a bigger TV or a better garden".

"I just try to do my way".

Looking only at grand slams won - more later on why that is not the only criterion for assessing greatest of all time (GOAT) credentials - Federer has held at least a three-slam lead over his great rival since July 2004. "If not, for me, still unbelievable, no?" This took even more confidence from the Swiss' game, suffering the second straight break in game nine to lose the opener 6-3 after a forehand victor from Rafa who saved all ten break points he had to play against!

Nadal saved two more break points before finally bringing the game home after a service victor to level the score at 3-3 and build his confidence.

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