Rafael Nadal leads Roger Federer after French Open victory

Tanya Simon
June 12, 2018

Nadal's 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Dominic Thiem, who's 24, in Sunday's final gave the Spaniard an 11th title - yes, 11th - at Roland Garros and 17th Grand Slam trophy overall.

Rafael Nadal won his 11th French Open title yesterday when he defeated Dominic Thiem in the final.

The best? Roger Federer, of course, who's made 30 Grand Slam finals and won 20 of them.

Nadal is now just three Grand Slam wins behind Federer but the 36-year-old Swiss star is likely to be favourite to add to his tally at Wimbledon.

Wawrinka, who has had to deal with a double knee surgery, has been playing intermittently in the 2018 season as he aims to get back into top gear.

"For me [it] was scary, because I felt that I was not able to move the hand, the finger", Nadal said.

Nadal, 32, is second behind Federer in the list of all-time Grand Slam titles, three clear of Pete Sampras in third.

Despite matching Nadal forehand for forehand, Thiem was undone in the 10th game when three errors handed Nadal the opening set after 52 minutes on court.

However, he said: "I've had long and mentally tough clay-court season because I played nearly all the matches possible after coming from an injury".

"Winning 11 times is definitely one of the best things somebody ever achieved in sport".

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"So I am not much anxious about the future".

It also reignited the debate over who is actually the greatest player of all time even though the two men have shared the last six majors between them.

Others highlighted Nadal's remarkable record at Roland Garros since first winning the title there in 2005.

Nadal avenged his defeat to the Swede at Roland Garros 12 months earlier.

Nadal spent several months away from the tour after sustaining an injury at this years Australian Open and could, like Federer, decide that his long-term interests are best-served by sparing his body further punishment.

"Let me enjoy this title", Nadal said. I have lost a lot of opportunities through injuries, and I know the years are going quick.

"I'd like to dedicate this victory to Jana Novotna", said Krejcikova in honor of her compatriot and 1998 Wimbledon champion who died of cancer in November past year at age 49.

"Not that I did that previous year, but on grass margins are very slim and it's not so simple, especially when you haven't played for three months".

Understandably, Thiem looked edgy at the start and he managed to win only one of the first eight points as Nadal, cheered loudly when he walked on court, bristled with intent. No, you can't be frustrated always if somebody has more money than you, if somebody have a bigger house than you, if somebody have more Grand Slams than you.

Seventh seed Thiem is the only player to have beaten Nadal on clay in the past two years, and he claimed he had a plan to thwart the Spaniard in Paris.

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