Rafael Nadal wins 12th French Open title after defeating Dominic Thiem

Rafael Nadal won his 12th French Open title after he beat Dominic Thiem, who started impressively, but Nadal soon took control and emerged victorious

Rafael Nadal wins 12th French Open title after defeating Dominic Thiem Rafael Nadal wins 12th French Open title after defeating Dominic Thiem Source : Press

Rafael Nadal won emerged victorious for the third straight year at Roland Garros, with a 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 victory against Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem in the finals. Nadal is also the first player to win 12 singles titles at the same Grand Slam, winning 18 majors overall.

Nadal on winning, in his interview stated, "I can't explain what I've achieved and how I feel. It's a dream. 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 to me."

Nadal has never lost a final or has even taken the game to five sets. He beat Switzerland's Roger Federer in the semi-finals, and also Serbian world number one Novak Djokovic. Nadal who recently came off a knee injury was seen starting of the match in fine form and traded breaks of serve which created an intense contest, but soon Nadal came alive and won four games in a row and took the first set 6-3. But in the second set Thiem stunned Nadal as he returned with an excellent returning game set of 7-5.

But that seems to rile up Nadal as he broke Thiem twice as he took a 6-1 lead in the third set and then 6-1 in the fourth. Thiem by no doubt tried to hang in with Nadal in the fourth set but seems like he was unable to reduce his errors, which made Nadal win his 18th Grand Slam title. It also gave Nadal an 82nd career title and 950th match win.

Thiem suffered his second Grand Slam final defeat as he lost to Nadal in three sets, in the last year's final.


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