Same result, different day for French Open champion Rafael Nadal

Same result, different day for French Open champion Rafael Nadal

You don't enter a dog-fight against Nadal and emerge victorious.

But he remains philosophical about the rest of his career which has so far yielded 17 majors, 79 titles in total as well as more than $100 million in prize money.

Stan Wawrinka, it should not be forgotten, also has three Slams although his name is usually an absentee when it comes to such number-crunching. At one point finally, Thiem tried going around the post in the penultimate game, just after a Nadal cross-court backhand return seared so close over the net cord that it made the Parisians murmur. He's a good friend, one of these players the Tour needs.

"I am 32. That's how I feel".

During the match, Nadal's hand cramped up, which brought a lot of zoomed-in images of his most expensive piece of equipment, his watch. "I just went straight to my chair and tried to cut the tape". Nadal -5.5 games is available on the Exchange at [1.68] and given the fact that Nadal has tended to dominate Thiem on non-quick clay, this should be a very likely outcome if Nadal wins the final.

Those who should be anxious are the likes of world number three Alexander Zverev, who again flattered to deceive in Paris.

Nadal condemned his great rival to his worst ever loss in a Grand Slam event with a 6-1 6-3 6-0 victory over Federer. The Spaniard got early breaks in the second and third set, to keep a battling, but baffled, Thiem at bay.

"Physically plays a big part today".

While we have an edge here, I appreciate that backing a heavy odds-on shot isn't most people's cup of tea, so the game handicap should be a viable proposition.


"I think everybody can stop talking about it now".

However, the 32-year-old Nadal said such targets do not concern him, believing his caution is well-placed after an injury-hit career which has seen him sit out nine Grand Slam tournaments.

"I felt that I was not able to move the hand, the finger", he said.

'In the beginning there was a little bit of transition, we had to work together to adjust everything to my wrist, ' Nadal told WSJ.

He had breezed through his opening four matches without dropping a set - extending his own personal best to 37 consecutive sets here - though falling short of Bjorn Borg's all-time record of 41 by losing the opener of his quarter-final against Diego Schwartzman.

The 21-year-old became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win three successive titles at Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal, who has been rewriting history books since his first triumph at the 2005 French Open, won his eleventh title at Roland Garros on Sunday to add another record to his name.

Australia's Rosewall presented the trophy to the Spaniard, 50 years after he won the title in Paris.

"I've never been insane about this kind of stuff".

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