Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal swept to a record-breaking and historic 12th French Open and 18th Grand Slam title on Sunday with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem.
Nadal also became the first player to win the same slam for the 12th time as he successfully saw off a challenging spell of play from his tired opponent Thiem who also met him at the Finals last year.
It is to be noted that Nadal is now just two behind Roger Federer’s tally of 20 majors, whom he defeated in the semi-finals. Meanwhile, he is now three ahead of Novak Djokovic’s tally of 15 whom Thiem had met in the semi-final.
World number two, Nadal, now has 93 wins in Paris and only two defeats to his name. The Spaniard has previously won titles here in 2005-2008, 2010-2014, 2017 and 2018. This also happened to be the veteran player’s 82nd career title and his 950th match win.
In the 53-minute long, well fought out first set, it was Thiem who first broke Nadal but Nadal came back well to clinch the first set. However, in a remarkable comeback, the Austrian won the second set. After three previous defeats against Nadal, this was the only set he managed to win against him.
Post that it was all sheer class and genius of Nadal that blew away Thiem in the French Open Final.