Nadal beat Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 to secure an astonishing 12th French Open title on Sunday. Rafael Nadal won a record 12th French Open title on Sunday with an emphatic 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 win over fourth seed Dominic Thiem to stamp his authority on the title ‘King of Clay’ – one that he has earned over the course of his career.
Both Nadal and Thiem started the final with peak intensity but it was after losing the second set that the reset button for Nadal was turned on.
“So I will not play before Wimbledon, of course. I felt competitive the last couple of years, so why do I need to change that? What gives me a better chance is being healthy more than playing a lot of matches before.”
The four-set triumph took Nadal’s Grand Slam count to 18 titles, two behind Federes ‘s record of 20, besides a cheque for Euros 2,300,000, while the runner-up Thiem collected Euros 1,180,000. Nadal is the first player in history to win 12 singles titles at any major. His victory over Thiem here in 2018, helped him equal Aussie Margaret Court’s record of 11 titles at a major (the Australian Open).