Rafael Nadal on Sunday defeated fourth seed Austrian Dominic Thiem in four sets 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 to win his 12th French Open title. Known as King of Clay, the second seed Spaniard produced his best to demolish his opponent.
Nadal, seeded second in the competition, had defeated Roger Federer in the semi-final to secure his place in the final. Thiem, on the other hand, had stunned the world number one Serbian Novak Djokovic in the last four.
With Sunday’s win, Nadal has now has become the only player in the history of tennis to have won 12 major single titles in the same competition. He’s now short of just two Grand Slam titles to equal Roger Federer’s records and three clear of Djokovic.
Reacting to his historic win, Nadal thanked his opponent as he said, “Sorry you are one of the best examples we have on tour a very hard worker always with a smile on your face and a good person.
“Thanks for being a great inspiration for me and for a lot of small kids around the world i know how tough it is to lose finals but thats sport if i want to lose to someone it would be you because you deserve it well done and keep going – you will win this for sure.”
Nadal said that he hoped to return to Rolland Garros next year to defend his title.
Experts believe that Nadal could have added many more Grand Slam titles in his kitty had his career not been affected by a series of injuries that prevented him from taking part in competitions at the highest level for a considerably long time.