Nadal Too Tough For Thiem, Wins 12th French Open Title

Nadal Too Tough For Thiem, Wins 12th French Open Title

Spain's Rafael Nadal beat Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 to claim a record-extending 12th French Open men's singles title on Sunday.

But personally, the personal satisfaction of changing the dynamic is the thing that I am [most] satisfied [with]."Nadal now sits only two Slam titles away from Roger Federer and his all-time record of 20, the closest the Spaniard has ever been to the Swiss on the Slam leaderboard".

He took command by winning a high-octane first set, but Thiem, who was on court for the fourth consecutive day after weather delays, stayed in the contest and fought back to go level. This is the 82nd title of Nadal's career.

Nadal, a few days after turning 33, proved unstoppable at Roland Garros for a 12th time on Sunday as he crushed Dominic Thiem with the same frightening intensity that he displayed when beating Mariano Puerta to win his first French Open in 2005. It's a motivation, yes,'s not what makes me get up every morning or go and train and play.

"He had an unbelievable attitude in those bad moments, and that's what took him here today", said Nadal's coach, Carlos Moya, the 1998 French Open champion.

Nadal, Djokovic and Federer have won 53 Grand Slam titles between them, and there have always been fears as to what will happen to tennis' popularity once they retire. "I have been able to be very close to win another title there".

For the twelfth Time, Nadal was in the finals of Roland Garros, for the twelfth Time victor Nadal said.

In his post-match interview, the world No. 2, who dropped only two sets en route to his 18th Grand Slam, admitted he "could not explain" such lofty statistics, saying: "My feeling for me is it is a dream".

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"That's not the way that I see the life", said the Spaniard.

"He stepped on me", Thiem said.

"If you ask all men in professional tennis, I mean, nearly everybody will tell you that he's one of the best volleyers of our game". Her final opponent, 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova, also plays with a lot of variety, as does 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova, who made her first slam semi-final. Since 2005, he has only lost twice at the French Open, once at the hands of Robin Soderling and once at the hands of Novak Djokovic.

Nadal's next tournament will be Wimbledon, where play begins in three weeks. As everybody knows, I love to play on grass. One month ago I didn't even know I would be here.

All eyes will now turn to the grass courts and Wimbledon at the start of July. He has now won his last 23 matches at Roland Garros and overall is 117-2 in best-of-5 set matches on his favorite surface. "I feel sorry, because he deserves it here, too", Nadal said.

"Mentally I was not enjoying". Nadal said. "You can't be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden".

Federer, Nadal and Djokovic are widely considered the three greatest male players to have picked up a racket, with 53 slam titles between them, and their powers do not appear to have diminished in their 30s.

"I never tried to think about, well, am I gonna catch Roger or not", Nadal said.