The Spanish Rafael Nadal won this Sunday his twelfth title of Roland Garros, defeating the Austrian Dominic Thiem, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 and 6-1, and thus became the player who has repeated triumph most times in the same Grand Slam.
Fifteen years after his first victory on the clay of Paris, Nadal needed three hours and 1 minute to write a new page in its legendary history. With this triumph, the Spaniard surpasses the Australian Margaret Court, who had won the Australian Open eleven times between 1960 and 1973.
Just turned 33, Nadal gets now18 Grand Slam titles, two less than the Swiss Roger Federer, the record man in this section, three more than the Serbian Novak Djokovic, third in the career of the greats. “It’s incredible, I can not explain my feelings”.
“It was already a dream to play the first time here in 2005, I could not imagine that in 2019 would be back here,” Nadal said from the court. The Spanish conquered his twelfth Cup of the Musketeers against Thiem, the same rival last year, the tennis player who all describe as his heir for how well he moves on clay. “I am convinced that he has options to win here someday, has the potential and ambition to do so,” said Nadal.
If last year failed to pull a set, this time the Austrian showed that he has taken a step closer to the king of the earth and pointed a sleeve. His tennis has gained weight and strength, as demonstrated in the semifinals by defeating a Djokovic who runs number 1 in the world.
But Thiem is still far from Nadal on the central court of Paris, who takes on an almost mystical dimension. His tennis is sublime, controls all the elements of the game and, as demonstrated in the semifinals against Federer, is able to tame even a gale. Nadal has left his mark in three lustrums of this tournament, where he has lost only 2 times and has won 93 matches.