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Rafael Nadal wins remarkable 12th-career French Open

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Nadal is now just two behind Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 majors and three ahead of Novak Djokovic who was knocked out by Thiem in the semi-finals.

The Spaniard, Rafael Nadal began his expedition to collect Roland-Garros titles in 2005 by defeating Roger Federer in the semi-finals and 14 years later he does the same lift his 12th title in Paris and increases the Grand Slam tally by one in the Big Three's account and extends their count to 53.

Finest six receiving facets have been gained within the hole 11 games - 5 for Nadal and just correct one for Thiem - old to Thiem, out of nowhere, found himself with two attach of residing facets. "But you want to see the passing of the torch while they are still in their prime", added Becker, who won Wimbledon at the age of 17.

"It's a motivation, yes, but it's not my obsession".

"Then I went to the bathroom".

Nadal's caution is well-founded. He is also a three-time runner-up at the grass-court Grand Slam tournament, but he hasn't reached the final since 2011.

That is according to two-time Roland Garros finalist Alex Corretja. Nadal didn't seem too focused on that though, he was more keen on enjoying his current success.

Although Thiem saved one match level, he might maybe maybe perhaps not prevent the inevitable and batted a Nadal abet prolonged to spark ecstatic celebrations from the Spaniard.

"So also, me, I didn't have the right choices or tactics". What he was performing I think is unbelievable, really.

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Looking only at grand slams won - more later on why that is not the only criterion for assessing greatest of all time (GOAT) credentials - Federer has held at least a three-slam lead over his great rival since July 2004.

No player, man or woman, has been as successful at a single grand slam as the "King of Clay" has been at Roland Garros. He lost in the semi-final past year playing a great match. "Being honest, I am not very anxious about this stuff", he said. "It is tough when you receive one after another, and then sometimes you are groggy", he explained.

"I think Thiem ran out of steam in the third set, he just relaxed a little bit and lost his intensity".

Just one example: Nadal has always been thought of as the ultimate baseliner, someone who will get to every ball back there and wallop it back over the net. And the other was to drastically change my attitude and mentality to play the next two weeks.

"Thinking a lot, finally I think I was able to change and was able to fight back for every small improvement".

Nadal has been giving it all in Paris and elsewhere since 2005, and he is now 12-0 in finals, with a 93-2 win-loss record, at Roland Garros.

His injuries have also given Nadal, who secured his 82nd career title and 950th match win, fresh perspective that his longevity at the top has a finite lifespan.

It was a fine start from the Swiss and a smash victor in game four gave him two break points, only to be denied by Nadal who saved them both and held after a backhand error from Roger.

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