Roland Garros 2018.
Rafael Nadal, unconquerable, incomparable, unforgettable. He has written another chapter in his remarkable story on Sunday by winning his 11th French Open title, easing pass Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 with as vigorous a victory as almost all of his incredible 86 victories at Roland Garros.
The world number one has earned his 17th Grand Slam, three away from the men’s record, held by the great rival Roger Federer. The 32-year-old Spaniard reaches an overall career mark of 86-2 at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament, while Dominic Thiem was appearing in his first Grand Slam final. Thiem was entering with high hopes as beat the world No.1 last month in the quarter finals of the Madrid Open, ending his 21-match winning streak.
Players have approached his level of achievements on other surfaces: Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and Martina Navratilova on grass. But there has never been anyone like him on clay in any era. Nadal is to clay what Michael Phelps is to water, he was a prodigy who has stayed prodigious.
Thiem, who clinched his 10th ATP Tour after winning in Lyon the week before the French Open, was doing his maximum to keep the match competitive, but the defending champion was relentless in his chase of another title, with the second set duly going Nadal’s way, 6-3. The only threat to the Spaniard’s latest triumph came midway through the third set, his left hand seemed to cramp at 2-1 and 30-0 after missing a first serve Nadal called for the trainer saying he couldn’t hold the racket, but it did not stop him closing out his victory.
Nadal kept drilling forehands, heavy with top spin, as he does with Roger Federer on many occasions, he then had his forearm massaged at 5-2 and ended Thiem’s ordeal on his fifth point when the Austrian returned long.
Roland Garros is easily the world most popular and prestigious clay court tennis tournament and is certainly not to be missed. The only man in over a century of the French Open tennis to win the title more than four times was Bjorn Borg with six. Then along came Nadal, smashing it out of the park.
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