Rafael Nadal Crowned for a 12th Historic Time at Roland-Garros

Rafael Nadal winner of Dominic Thierm and undisputed king of the clay courts of Roland-Garros, June 9, 2019.

The Spaniard, Rafael Nadal once again won Roland-Garros by beating Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets. He becomes the first player in history to win this title so many times.

Rafael Nadal took his twelfth historic victory at Roland-Garros, defeating Austrian Dominic Thiem in four sets 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 on Sunday 9th June 2019.

Superlatives are missing more and more to talk about Nadal at Roland Garros. And his 12th coronation Porte d’Auteuil places him in a world apart.

He becomes the first player in history, men and women alike, to win the same major title twelve times. At 33, the Spaniard, N.2 world, now has eighteen crowns in Grand Slam and returns to two lengths of the record held by Roger Federer. He also became the 3rd oldest player of the Open era (since 1968) to win Roland Garros (with Andres Gimeno in 1972 and Ken Rosewall in 1968).

Before Nadal, the Swede Björn Borg held the record of victories at Roland Garros with 6 trophies.

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Three hours of the match

In front of Dominic Thiem, who beat him in Barcelona on the ground a month before the beginning of the fortnight, the Spaniard only bowed a few minutes, to yield – a little to the general surprise – the second set.

A moment of inattention that undoubtedly caught the eye as the two sets that followed was difficult for the Austrian, perhaps also tired by his semifinal ended the day before Novak Djokovic.

Dominic Thiem, however, tried everything early in the game, putting pressure Nadal has rarely known Porte d’Auteuil. The first forty minutes of the match has even reached peaks of intensity. A rhythm that the Austrian could not hold on the length, victim of a terrible decline of the regime after the 2nd set.

A long forehand of the Austrian too long ended the demonstration after three hours of the game, sending Nadal down, arms crossed on the Court Philippe Chatrier.

Read also: Roland-Garros: Novak Djokovic stopped by Dominic Thiem who joins Nadal in the final

” It’s really unbelievable “

” It’s really unbelievable. I can not explain my feeling. It’s a dream for me. A very, very special moment for me, “responded the Spaniard after his victory.

Designated heir of King Nadal on clay, Thiem, already beaten by Nadal last year in the final, and only with the Spaniard to reach the last four for three years at Roland Garros, will have to wait.

Read also: Roland Garros: Rafael Nadal turns off Roger Federer and offers himself a 12th final

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