Rafael Nadal has won a record 12th French Open title after defeating Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets in the final tournament of the 2019 French Open.
The 33-year-old Spanish Tennis champion defeated the 25-year-old Austrian opponent, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in exactly three hours to claim his victory at the Court Philippe Chatrier this evening.
The World Number 2 now becomes the first player to win a dozen titles on the same court (Margaret Court won her 12 Australian Opens at different venues), putting him four clear of Roger Federer’s eight at Wimbledon and Novak Djokovic’s seven in Melbourne.
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Speaking on his win, Rafael Nadal said: ‘Congrats to Dominic, I feel sorry because he deserves it, I really hope he wins in future. He has unbelievable intensity and passion for this sport. I want to encourage him.
‘It’s an unbelievable moment for me, I can’t explain it. For me it was a dream to play the first time in 2005.
‘I never thought back then that in 2019 I would still be here so it’s very special for me.’