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Nadal wins record 12th French Open title over Thiem

Nadal wins record 12th French Open title over Thiem

It is vaster and more avant-garde, and perhaps it will become less crowded in the passageways as fans shuffle from match to match.

Spanish tennis legend Rafael Nadal has cemented his reputation and legacy at the French Open, adding a 12th championship win this past Sunday by defeating Dominic Thiem, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 at Roland Garros. It might be hard to believe at this stage, but the Spaniard will fade from view someday, too.

Nonetheless, more troubles were just around the corner for Nadal on his serve, saving three break points in game eight for another significant hold and a 5-3 lead when Roger failed to return his serve. He has cemented his reputation and legacy year after year, duel after duel, rout after rout.

Just like in 2005 and 2006, Roger was able to take a set out of Rafa in 2007 final that took place on June 10 but it wasn't enough for an overall win, with Nadal celebrating a 6-3, 4-6, 6-3, 6-4 triumph in three hours and 10 minutes (2006 final lasted for more than three hours as well) for his third straight Roland Garros crown. With the win, Nadal has now won more French Open titles than Rod Laver of Australia and Bjorn Borg of Sweden have won total majors as each of them have won 11 majors all-time.

Nadal's two Wimbledon titles came in 2008 and 2010. It was really fantastic, of course, because it was the only choice I had.

"This is a very satisfying victory".

"I just try to do my way".

Corretja told Eurosport: "I have just spoken to Rafa and he looked very calm, he said it was crucial he broke back in the first set and got ahead. Congrats Rafael Nadal on #12!"

Last year, he lost a marathon semi-final to Novak Djokovic by dropping the last set 10-8.

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For the first time, Nadal pulled to within two grand slams of Roger Federer, the man he eased past in their headline semifinal Friday.

"I don't know if it was her mistake or if it was only the mistake of the officials, but I don't know if she saw me or if she saw that somebody's in the room", he said after beating Gael Monfils to reach the last 16.

"Then I went to the bathroom".

"You can't be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you, or a bigger TV or a better garden".

"I know that [Roger] Federer is there, Djokovic is there, Dominic [Thiem], many good players, but I want to think that Rafael has the possibility because it's impossible to work well without confidence". "But for me, I always put more attention on the mental side".

But what continues to drive Nadal is his love for playing tennis and he is training his sights on a third Wimbledon title. "I feel sorry as he deserves to win it as well", said Nadal.

"All the things that I went through probably give me that extra passion when I am playing, because I know I will not be here forever".

"Honestly, the last two years that I played in Wimbledon, I felt close again".


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