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Det femstjernede Shangri-La, et af de mest luksuriøse hoteller i Paris, går sammen med French Open om en ny Paris Dream VIP-pakke. Begivenheden anses for at være den mest fysisk krævende tennisturnering i verden og finder sted fra 29. maj til 8. juni på Stade Roland Garros.

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Den to-dages pakke, der koster omkring $ 1.550 pr. Person baseret på dobbeltbelægning, inkluderer et par meget eftertragtede kassepladser på Philippe-Chatrier Court, men de eksklusive frynsegoder stopper ikke der. Den smarte oplevelse inkluderer et overnatningsophold på Shangri-La med særlige faciliteter, herunder VIP-indtjekning, gratis high tea og middag på hotellets berømte restaurant La Bauhinia.

Det inkluderer også adgang til spaens wellness -center samt en kredit på $ 100 til dets skønhedsbehandlingscenter, der er godt til ansigtsbehandling eller massage. For at komme til og fra kampene inkluderer tilbuddene også executive-shuttletransport til tenniscentret og frokost på Brasserie Les Jardins de Roland-Garros i intervallerne afrunder tilbuddene. Beliggende rundt om hjørnet fra Paris 'legendariske Jardin des Tuileries, blev Shangri-La bygget i et historisk palæ, der engang var hjemsted for Napoleon Bonapartes oldebarn, prins Roland Bonaparte.


Nadal vinder 12. French Open for 18. Slam -titel

PARIS — I et par flygtige øjeblikke søndag fandt Rafael Nadal sin French Open -overherredømme tilsyneladende truet af Dominic Thiem, en yngre, talentfuld modstander, der udfordrede ham i finalen for andet år i træk.

Et dårligt spil fra Nadal tillod Thiem at bryde ham og endda ting på et sæt. Den udvikling fik fansene til at stå på benene i Court Philippe Chatrier, brølende og klappede og frem for alt undrede sig over: Var dette nu en rigtig konkurrence? Kunne Thiem skubbe Nadal mere? Kunne Thiem få denne stigning til at vare? Ville Nadal vakle?

At spørgsmålene overhovedet opstod var betydningsfulde. Svarene kom hurtigt. Nadal bekræftede sig selv, som han plejer at gøre ved Roland Garros, ved at tage 16 af de næste 17 point og 12 af de resterende 14 kampe og trække sig væk for at slå Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for sin rekordforlængende 12. mesterskab ved French Open.

Han trådte på mig, sagde Thiem. “Tallene er skøre. Han vandt den 12 gange. ”

Ingen i tennis har nogensinde vundet en større turnering så ofte. Endnu engang har ingen nogensinde været så velegnede til succes på nogen af ​​sportens overflader, som denne 33-årige spanier er på rødt ler: Nadal er 93-2 for sin karriere i Roland Garros og vandt fire i træk fra 2005-08, fem i træk fra 2010-14, og nu tre i træk.

“Jeg kan ikke forklare mine følelser, ” sagde den nr. 2-seedede Nadal, der faldt på ryggen efter det sidste punkt, og fik det rustfarvede snavs over sin neongule skjorte og derefter tørrede tårer af under trofæceremonien.

Ser man på det større billede, er han nu oppe på 18 Grand Slam -trofæer, der bevæger sig inden for to af Roger Federers ’s mænds ’s rekord på 20.

Nadal ønskede imidlertid ikke at underholde nogen diskussion om en forfølgelse af Federer.

Jeg er ikke særlig bekymret for det her, sagde Nadal. Du kan ikke være frustreret hele tiden, fordi naboen har et større hus end dig eller et større tv eller en bedre have. ”

Thiem, en 25-årig østriger, der blev seedet som nr. 4 og forarget nr. 1 Novak Djokovic i en drænende, regnafbrudt semifinale spillet over to dage, så på sin første store titel i denne omkamp af finalen i 2018 i Paris . Men igen, han kunne ikke løse Nadal.

Det første, jeg vil sige, er tillykke med Dominic. Jeg er ked af det, for han fortjener det også her, sagde Nadal. “Han har en utrolig intensitet. ”

Det gør Nadal selvfølgelig. Dette havde efter hans høje standarder været en hård sæson, fra det mest skæve Grand Slam -sidste tab i karrieren — mod Djokovic ved Australian Open — til at komme ind i maj uden titel for det første år siden 2004. Skader , som ofte er tilfældet med Nadal, var et problem, herunder et dårligt højre knæ.

Mentalt mistede jeg en lille smule (af) energi, fordi jeg havde for mange problemer i træk, ” sagde Nadal og bankede med højre finger på hans tempel.

“Når du konstant bliver ramt i ansigtet, ” sagde han på spansk, “ du ender med at blive såret. ”

Han begyndte at rette sig selv ved at tage den italienske Open -titel på ler i sidste måned.

“Det var meget vigtigt for ham at vinde i Rom. Det var som om han indså, at han var ved at komme tilbage på det gode niveau, på den rigtige vej, ” sagde Nadal ’s træner, 1998 French Open -mester Carlos Moya, “ og fik stor tillid. ”

Snart nok befandt Nadal sig i en velkendt position i Paris: spillede i finalen og vandt den.

Denne begyndte på en overskyet eftermiddag med temperaturen i de lave 60'ere (midten af ​​teenageårene Celsius) og kun en let brise. I det indledende spil afbrød — kortvarigt af en baby, der græd på tribunen, fik et grin fra andre tilskuere og fik Nadal til at vende tilbage fra baseline mellem servicer — varede tre af de fem punkter mindst 11 slag.

Og derved blev der etableret et mønster: Ved slutningen af ​​3-timers, 1-minutters kampen gik der i alt 46 point 10 slag eller mere. Hver mand hævdede halvdelen.

Fra start var det sådan en fysisk grind, at Nadal var gennemblødt af sved og skiftede neongule skjorter efter bare syv kampe og fremkaldte catcalls fra tribunen.

Tidligt var der ingen tegn på træthed for Thiem, selvom han konkurrerede om en fjerde dag i træk.

Faktisk var det Thiem, der først næste foran og lukkede en 12-takts bytte ved at rive en forhånds for at tjene det første brydepunkt og derefter konvertere det med en overhead på en 20-takts bytte til en 3-2 kant. Han vendte sig med en knyttet højre hånd for at se sin gæsteboks, hvor hans kæreste, kvindedobbeltmester Kristina Mladenovic, pumpede hendes knytnæve og råbte.

Nadal reagerede straks. Han tog de næste fire kampe med elan og brugte et drop-shot til at hjælpe med at bryde efter en 5-3-føring, derefter en serve-and-volley for at hjælpe med at holde til sættet.

Det må have været demoraliserende for Thiem. Men ved den efterfølgende omstilling slog han ikke en bold mod tribunerne, som Federer uden tvivl gjorde under sit semifinaletab til Nadal. Thiem sad tilfældigt på sit grå sidelinjesæde, sprang med benene og tyggede på en energibar og kiggede forbudt på Nadal.

Thiem hoppede tilbage, om end kun kortvarigt. Tal om et fantastisk skift: Nadal vandt 25 af 26 point på sin serv før — med tilskuere, der handlede mellem-point chants med øgenavne, “Ra-fa! ” og “ Do-mi! ” &# 8212 blev han brudt for at afstå det andet sæt. Det var det eneste sæt, Thiem formåede at stjæle fra Nadal i fire karrieremøder på Roland Garros.

Måske ville det blive langt.

Men Thiem, ganske enkelt, visnet. Nok til at skabe en åbning Nadal slog igennem.

På nuværende tidspunkt skabte Nadal magi på nettet, og han vandt pointet 23 af 27 gange, han gik frem. Én dråbe volley blev spundet så fantastisk, at den landede på Thiem ’s side og derefter hoppede tilbage mod nettet. Alt Thiem kunne gøre var at se — og tilbyde en taknemmelig tommelfinger op.

Næsten alle vil fortælle dig, at han er en af ​​de bedste volleyspillere i vores spil, sagde Thiem. Fordi den sidste gang, han savnede en volley, måske var syv år siden, tror jeg. ”

Snart nok var det slut. Kongen af ​​ler, som Nadal er kendt, hersker stadig.

Spanien ’s Rafael Nadal fejrer sin rekord 12. French Open-turnering i French Open efter at have vundet sin herres ’s sidste kamp mod Østrig ’s Dominic Thiem i fire sæt, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, ved Roland Garros stadion i Paris, søndag den 9. juni 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Spanien ’s Rafael Nadal fejrer sin rekord 12. French Open-titel efter at have vundet sine herres ’s sidste kamp mod Østrig ’s Dominic Thiem i fire sæt, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, på Roland Garros stadion i Paris søndag.

Spanien ’s Rafael Nadal løfter pokalen, da han fejrer sin rekord 12. French Open -titel.


Nadal vinder 12. French Open for 18. Slam -titel

PARIS — I et par flygtige øjeblikke søndag fandt Rafael Nadal sin French Open -overherredømme tilsyneladende truet af Dominic Thiem, en yngre, talentfuld modstander, der udfordrede ham i finalen for andet år i træk.

Et dårligt spil fra Nadal tillod Thiem at bryde ham og endda ting på et sæt. Den udvikling fik fansene til at stå på benene i Court Philippe Chatrier, brølende og klappede og frem for alt undrede sig over: Var dette nu en rigtig konkurrence? Kunne Thiem skubbe Nadal mere? Kunne Thiem få denne stigning til at vare? Ville Nadal vakle?

At spørgsmålene overhovedet opstod var betydningsfulde. Svarene kom hurtigt. Nadal bekræftede sig selv, som han plejer at gøre ved Roland Garros, ved at tage 16 af de næste 17 point og 12 af de resterende 14 kampe og trække sig væk for at slå Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for sin rekordforlængende 12. mesterskab ved French Open.

Han trådte på mig, sagde Thiem. “Tallene er skøre. Han vandt den 12 gange. ”

Ingen i tennis har nogensinde vundet en større turnering så ofte. Endnu engang har ingen nogensinde været så velegnede til succes på nogen af ​​sportens overflader, som denne 33-årige spanier er på rødt ler: Nadal er 93-2 for sin karriere i Roland Garros og vandt fire i træk fra 2005-08, fem i træk fra 2010-14, og nu tre i træk.

“Jeg kan ikke forklare mine følelser, ” sagde den nr. 2-seedede Nadal, der faldt på ryggen efter det sidste punkt og fik det rustfarvede snavs over sin neongule skjorte og derefter tørrede tårer af under trofæceremonien.

Ser man på det større billede, er han nu oppe på 18 Grand Slam -trofæer, der bevæger sig inden for to af Roger Federers ’s mænds ’s rekord på 20.

Nadal ønskede imidlertid ikke at underholde nogen diskussion om en forfølgelse af Federer.

Jeg er ikke særlig bekymret for det her, sagde Nadal. Du kan ikke være frustreret hele tiden, fordi naboen har et større hus end dig eller et større tv eller en bedre have. ”

Thiem, en 25-årig østriger, der blev seedet som nr. 4 og forarget nr. 1 Novak Djokovic i en drænende, regnafbrudt semifinale spillet over to dage, så på sin første store titel i denne omkamp af finalen i 2018 i Paris . Men igen, han kunne ikke løse Nadal.

Det første, jeg vil sige, er tillykke med Dominic. Jeg er ked af det, for han fortjener det også her, sagde Nadal. “Han har en utrolig intensitet. ”

Det gør Nadal selvfølgelig. Dette havde efter hans høje standarder været en hård sæson, fra det mest skæve Grand Slam -sidste tab i karrieren — mod Djokovic ved Australian Open — til at komme ind i maj uden titel for det første år siden 2004. Skader , som ofte er tilfældet med Nadal, var et problem, herunder et dårligt højre knæ.

Mentalt mistede jeg en lille smule (af) energi, fordi jeg havde for mange problemer i træk, ” sagde Nadal og bankede med højre finger på hans tempel.

“Når du konstant bliver ramt i ansigtet, ” sagde han på spansk, “ du ender med at blive såret. ”

Han begyndte at rette sig selv ved at tage den italienske Open -titel på ler i sidste måned.

“Det var meget vigtigt for ham at vinde i Rom. Det var som om han indså, at han var ved at komme tilbage på det gode niveau, på den rigtige vej, ” sagde Nadal ’s træner, 1998 French Open -mester Carlos Moya, “og fik stor tillid. ”

Snart nok befandt Nadal sig i en velkendt position i Paris: spillede i finalen og vandt den.

Denne begyndte på en overskyet eftermiddag med temperaturen i de lave 60'ere (midten af ​​teenageårene Celsius) og kun en let brise. I det indledende spil afbrød — kortvarigt af en baby, der græd på tribunen, fik et grin fra andre tilskuere og fik Nadal til at vende tilbage fra baseline mellem servicer — varede tre af de fem punkter mindst 11 slag.

Og derved blev der etableret et mønster: Ved slutningen af ​​3-timers, 1-minutters kampen gik der i alt 46 point 10 slag eller mere. Hver mand hævdede halvdelen.

Fra start var det sådan en fysisk grind, at Nadal var gennemblødt af sved og skiftede neongule skjorter efter bare syv kampe og fremkaldte catcalls fra tribunen.

Tidligt var der ingen tegn på træthed for Thiem, selvom han konkurrerede om en fjerde dag i træk.

Faktisk var det Thiem, der først næste foran og lukkede en 12-takts bytte ved at rive en forhånds for at tjene det første breakpoint, og derefter konvertere det med en overhead på en 20-takts bytte til en 3-2 kant. Han vendte sig med en knyttet højre hånd for at se sin gæsteboks, hvor hans kæreste, kvindedobbeltmester Kristina Mladenovic, pumpede hendes knytnæve og råbte.

Nadal reagerede straks. Han tog de næste fire kampe med elan og brugte et drop-shot til at hjælpe med at bryde efter en 5-3-føring, derefter en serve-and-volley for at hjælpe med at holde til sættet.

Det må have været demoraliserende for Thiem. Men ved den efterfølgende omstilling slog han ikke en bold mod tribunen, som Federer uden minde gjorde under sit semifinaletab til Nadal. Thiem sad tilfældigt på sit grå sidelinjesæde, sprang med benene og tyggede på en energibar og kiggede forbudt på Nadal.

Thiem hoppede tilbage, om end kun kortvarigt. Tal om et fantastisk skift: Nadal vandt 25 af 26 point på sin serv før — med tilskuere, der handlede mellem-point chants med øgenavne, “Ra-fa! ” og “ Do-mi! ” &# 8212 blev han brudt for at afstå det andet sæt. Det var det eneste sæt, Thiem formåede at stjæle fra Nadal i fire karrieremøder på Roland Garros.

Måske ville det blive langt.

Men Thiem, ganske enkelt, visnet. Nok til at skabe en åbning Nadal slog igennem.

På nuværende tidspunkt skabte Nadal magi på nettet, og han vandt pointet 23 af 27 gange, han gik frem. Én dråbe volley blev spundet så fantastisk, at den landede på Thiem ’s side og derefter hoppede tilbage mod nettet. Alt Thiem kunne gøre var at se — og tilbyde en taknemmelig tommelfinger op.

Næsten alle vil fortælle dig, at han er en af ​​de bedste volleyspillere i vores spil, sagde Thiem. Fordi den sidste gang, han savnede en volley, måske var syv år siden, tror jeg. ”

Snart nok var det slut. Kongen af ​​ler, som Nadal er kendt, hersker stadig.

Spanien ’s Rafael Nadal fejrer sin rekord 12. French Open-turnering i French Open efter at have vundet sin herres ’s sidste kamp mod Østrig ’s Dominic Thiem i fire sæt, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, ved Roland Garros stadion i Paris, søndag den 9. juni 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Spanien ’s Rafael Nadal fejrer sin rekord 12. French Open-titel efter at have vundet sine herres ’s sidste kamp mod Østrig ’s Dominic Thiem i fire sæt, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, på Roland Garros stadion i Paris søndag.

Spanien ’s Rafael Nadal løfter pokalen, da han fejrer sin rekord 12. French Open -titel.


Nadal vinder 12. French Open for 18. Slam -titel

PARIS — I et par flygtige øjeblikke søndag fandt Rafael Nadal sin French Open -overherredømme tilsyneladende truet af Dominic Thiem, en yngre, talentfuld modstander, der udfordrede ham i finalen for andet år i træk.

Et dårligt spil fra Nadal tillod Thiem at bryde ham og endda ting på et sæt. Den udvikling fik fansene til at stå på benene i Court Philippe Chatrier, brølende og klappede og frem for alt undrede sig over: Var dette nu en rigtig konkurrence? Kunne Thiem skubbe Nadal mere? Kunne Thiem få denne stigning til at vare? Ville Nadal vakle?

At spørgsmålene overhovedet opstod var betydningsfulde. Svarene kom hurtigt. Nadal bekræftede sig selv, som han plejer at gøre ved Roland Garros, ved at tage 16 af de næste 17 point og 12 af de resterende 14 kampe og trække sig væk for at slå Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for sin rekordforlængende 12. mesterskab ved French Open.

Han trådte på mig, sagde Thiem. “Tallene er skøre. Han vandt den 12 gange. ”

Ingen i tennis har nogensinde vundet en større turnering så ofte. Endnu engang har ingen nogensinde været så velegnede til succes på nogen af ​​sportens overflader, som denne 33-årige spanier er på rødt ler: Nadal er 93-2 for sin karriere i Roland Garros og vandt fire i træk fra 2005-08, fem i træk fra 2010-14, og nu tre i træk.

“Jeg kan ikke forklare mine følelser, ” sagde den nr. 2-seedede Nadal, der faldt på ryggen efter det sidste punkt og fik det rustfarvede snavs over sin neongule skjorte og derefter tørrede tårer af under trofæceremonien.

Ser man på det større billede, er han nu oppe på 18 Grand Slam -trofæer, der bevæger sig inden for to af Roger Federers ’s mænds ’s rekord på 20.

Nadal ønskede imidlertid ikke at underholde nogen diskussion om en forfølgelse af Federer.

Jeg er ikke særlig bekymret for det her, sagde Nadal. Du kan ikke være frustreret hele tiden, fordi naboen har et større hus end dig eller et større tv eller en bedre have. ”

Thiem, en 25-årig østriger, der blev seedet som nr. 4 og forarget nr. 1 Novak Djokovic i en drænende, regnafbrudt semifinale spillet over to dage, så på sin første store titel i denne omkamp af finalen i 2018 i Paris . Men igen, han kunne ikke løse Nadal.

Det første, jeg vil sige, er tillykke med Dominic. Jeg er ked af det, for han fortjener det også her, sagde Nadal. “Han har en utrolig intensitet. ”

Det gør Nadal selvfølgelig. Dette havde efter hans høje standarder været en hård sæson, fra det mest skæve Grand Slam -sidste tab i karrieren — mod Djokovic ved Australian Open — til at komme ind i maj uden titel for det første år siden 2004. Skader , som ofte er tilfældet med Nadal, var et problem, herunder et dårligt højre knæ.

Mentalt mistede jeg en lille smule (af) energi, fordi jeg havde for mange problemer i træk, ” sagde Nadal og bankede med højre finger på hans tempel.

“Når du konstant bliver ramt i ansigtet, ” sagde han på spansk, “ du ender med at blive såret. ”

Han begyndte at rette sig selv ved at tage den italienske Open -titel på ler i sidste måned.

“Det var meget vigtigt for ham at vinde i Rom. Det var som om han indså, at han var ved at komme tilbage på det gode niveau, på den rigtige vej, ” sagde Nadal ’s træner, 1998 French Open -mester Carlos Moya, “ og fik stor tillid. ”

Snart nok befandt Nadal sig i en velkendt position i Paris: spillede i finalen og vandt den.

Denne begyndte på en overskyet eftermiddag med temperaturen i de lave 60'ere (midten af ​​teenageårene Celsius) og kun en let brise. I det indledende spil blev 8212 kort afbrudt af en baby, der græd på tribunen, fik et grin fra andre tilskuere og fik Nadal til at vende tilbage fra baseline mellem servicer —, tre af de fem punkter varede mindst 11 slag.

Og derved blev der etableret et mønster: Ved slutningen af ​​3-timers, 1-minutters kampen gik der i alt 46 point 10 slag eller mere. Hver mand hævdede halvdelen.

Fra start var det sådan en fysisk grind, at Nadal var gennemblødt af sved og skiftede neongule skjorter efter bare syv kampe og fremkaldte catcalls fra tribunen.

Tidligt var der ingen tegn på træthed for Thiem, selvom han konkurrerede om en fjerde dag i træk.

Faktisk var det Thiem, der først næsede foran og lukkede en 12-takts bytte ved at rive en forhånds for at tjene det første brydepunkt og derefter konvertere det med en overhead på en 20-takts bytte til en 3-2 kant. Han vendte sig med en knyttet højre hånd for at se sin gæsteboks, hvor hans kæreste, kvindedobbeltmester Kristina Mladenovic, pumpede hendes knytnæve og råbte.

Nadal reagerede straks. Han tog de næste fire kampe med elan og brugte et drop-shot til at hjælpe med at bryde efter en 5-3-føring, derefter en serve-and-volley for at hjælpe med at holde til sættet.

Det må have været demoraliserende for Thiem. Men ved den efterfølgende omstilling slog han ikke en bold mod tribunerne, som Federer mindeværdigt gjorde under sit semifinaletab til Nadal. Thiem sad tilfældigt på sit grå sidelinjesæde, sprang med benene og tyggede på en energibar og kiggede forbudt på Nadal.

Thiem hoppede tilbage, om end kun kortvarigt. Tal om et fantastisk skift: Nadal vandt 25 af 26 point på sin serve før — med tilskuere, der handlede mellem-point-chants med øgenavne, “Ra-fa! ” og “Do-mi! ” &# 8212 blev han brudt for at afstå det andet sæt. Det var det eneste sæt, Thiem formåede at stjæle fra Nadal i fire karrieremøder på Roland Garros.

Måske ville det blive langt.

Men Thiem, ganske enkelt, visnet. Nok til at skabe en åbning Nadal slog igennem.

På nuværende tidspunkt skabte Nadal magi på nettet, og han vandt pointet 23 af 27 gange, han gik frem. Én dråbe volley blev spundet så fantastisk, at den landede på Thiem ’s side og derefter hoppede tilbage mod nettet. Alt Thiem kunne gøre var at se — og tilbyde en taknemmelig tommelfinger op.

Næsten alle vil fortælle dig, at han er en af ​​de bedste volleyspillere i vores spil, sagde Thiem. Fordi den sidste gang, han savnede en volley, måske var syv år siden, tror jeg. ”

Snart nok var det slut. Kongen af ​​ler, som Nadal er kendt, hersker stadig.

Spanien ’s Rafael Nadal fejrer sin rekord 12. French Open-turnering i French Open efter at have vundet sin herres ’s sidste kamp mod Østrig ’s Dominic Thiem i fire sæt, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, ved Roland Garros stadion i Paris, søndag den 9. juni 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Spanien ’s Rafael Nadal fejrer sin rekord 12. French Open-titel efter at have vundet sine herres ’s sidste kamp mod Østrig ’s Dominic Thiem i fire sæt, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, på Roland Garros stadion i Paris søndag.

Spanien ’s Rafael Nadal løfter pokalen, da han fejrer sin rekord 12. French Open -titel.


Nadal vinder 12. French Open for 18. Slam -titel

PARIS — For et par flygtige øjeblikke søndag fandt Rafael Nadal sin French Open -overherredømme tilsyneladende truet af Dominic Thiem, en yngre, talentfuld modstander, der udfordrede ham i finalen for andet år i træk.

Et dårligt spil fra Nadal tillod Thiem at bryde ham og endda ting på et sæt. Den udvikling fik fansene til at stå på benene i Court Philippe Chatrier, brølende og klappede og frem for alt undrede sig over: Var dette nu en rigtig konkurrence? Kunne Thiem skubbe Nadal mere? Kunne Thiem få denne stigning til at vare? Ville Nadal vakle?

At spørgsmålene overhovedet opstod var betydningsfulde. Svarene kom hurtigt. Nadal bekræftede sig selv, som han plejer at gøre ved Roland Garros, ved at tage 16 af de næste 17 point og 12 af de resterende 14 kampe og trække sig væk for at slå Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for sin rekordforlængende 12. mesterskab ved French Open.

“Han trådte på mig, ” sagde Thiem. “Tallene er skøre. Han vandt den 12 gange. ”

Ingen i tennis har nogensinde vundet en større turnering så ofte. Endnu engang har ingen nogensinde været så velegnede til succes på nogen af ​​sportens overflader, som denne 33-årige spanier er på rødt ler: Nadal er 93-2 for sin karriere i Roland Garros og vandt fire i træk fra 2005-08, fem i træk fra 2010-14, og nu tre i træk.

“Jeg kan ikke forklare mine følelser, ” sagde den nr. 2-seedede Nadal, der faldt på ryggen efter det sidste punkt og fik det rustfarvede snavs over sin neongule skjorte og derefter tørrede tårer af under trofæceremonien.

Ser man på det større billede, er han nu oppe på 18 Grand Slam -trofæer, der bevæger sig inden for to af Roger Federers ’s mænds ’s rekord på 20.

Nadal ønskede imidlertid ikke at underholde nogen diskussion om en forfølgelse af Federer.

Jeg er ikke særlig bekymret for det her, sagde Nadal. Du kan ikke være frustreret hele tiden, fordi naboen har et større hus end dig eller et større tv eller en bedre have. ”

Thiem, en 25-årig østriger, der blev seedet som nr. 4 og forarget nr. 1 Novak Djokovic i en drænende, regnafbrudt semifinale spillet over to dage, så på sin første store titel i denne omkamp af finalen i 2018 i Paris . Men igen, han kunne ikke løse Nadal.

Det første, jeg vil sige, er tillykke med Dominic. Jeg synes ked af det, for han fortjener det også her, sagde Nadal. “Han har en utrolig intensitet. ”

Det gør Nadal selvfølgelig. Dette havde efter hans høje standarder været en hård sæson, fra det mest skæve Grand Slam -sidste tab i karrieren — mod Djokovic ved Australian Open — til at komme ind i maj uden titel for det første år siden 2004. Skader , som ofte er tilfældet med Nadal, var et problem, herunder et dårligt højre knæ.

Mentalt mistede jeg en lille smule (af) energi, fordi jeg havde for mange problemer i træk, ” sagde Nadal og bankede med højre finger på hans tempel.

“Når du konstant bliver ramt i ansigtet, ” sagde han på spansk, “ du ender med at blive såret. ”

Han begyndte at rette sig selv ved at tage den italienske Open -titel på ler i sidste måned.

“Det var meget vigtigt for ham at vinde i Rom. Det var som om han indså, at han var ved at komme tilbage på det gode niveau, på den rigtige vej, ” sagde Nadal ’s træner, 1998 French Open -mester Carlos Moya, “ og fik stor tillid. ”

Snart nok befandt Nadal sig i en velkendt position i Paris: spillede i finalen og vandt den.

Denne begyndte på en overskyet eftermiddag med temperaturen i de lave 60'ere (midten af ​​teenageårene Celsius) og kun en let brise. I det indledende spil blev 8212 kort afbrudt af en baby, der græd på tribunen, fik et grin fra andre tilskuere og fik Nadal til at vende tilbage fra baseline mellem servicer —, tre af de fem punkter varede mindst 11 slag.

Og derved blev der etableret et mønster: Ved slutningen af ​​3-timers, 1-minutters kampen gik der i alt 46 point 10 slag eller mere. Hver mand hævdede halvdelen.

Fra start var det sådan en fysisk grind, at Nadal var gennemblødt af sved og skiftede neongule skjorter efter bare syv kampe og fremkaldte catcalls fra tribunen.

Tidligt var der ingen tegn på træthed for Thiem, selvom han konkurrerede om en fjerde dag i træk.

Faktisk var det Thiem, der først næste foran og lukkede en 12-takts bytte ved at rive en forhånds for at tjene det første breakpoint, og derefter konvertere det med en overhead på en 20-takts bytte til en 3-2 kant. Han vendte sig med en knyttet højre hånd for at se sin gæsteboks, hvor hans kæreste, kvindedobbeltmester Kristina Mladenovic, pumpede hendes knytnæve og råbte.

Nadal reagerede straks. Han tog de næste fire kampe med elan og brugte et drop-shot til at hjælpe med at bryde efter en 5-3-føring, derefter en serve-and-volley for at hjælpe med at holde til sættet.

Det må have været demoraliserende for Thiem. Men ved den efterfølgende omstilling slog han ikke en bold mod tribunerne, som Federer uden tvivl gjorde under sit semifinaletab til Nadal. Thiem sad tilfældigt på sit grå sidelinjesæde, sprang med benene og tyggede på en energibar og kiggede forbudt på Nadal.

Thiem hoppede tilbage, om end kun kortvarigt. Tal om et fantastisk skift: Nadal vandt 25 af 26 point på sin serv før — med tilskuere, der handlede mellem-point chants med øgenavne, “Ra-fa! ” og “ Do-mi! ” &# 8212 blev han brudt for at afstå det andet sæt. Det var det eneste sæt, Thiem formåede at stjæle fra Nadal i fire karrieremøder på Roland Garros.

Måske ville det blive langt.

Men Thiem, ganske enkelt, visnet. Nok til at skabe en åbning, Nadal slog igennem.

På nuværende tidspunkt skabte Nadal magi på nettet, og han vandt pointet 23 af 27 gange, han gik frem. Én dråbe volley blev spundet så fantastisk, at den landede på Thiem ’s side og derefter hoppede tilbage mod nettet. Alt Thiem kunne gøre var at se — og tilbyde en taknemmelig tommelfinger op.

Næsten alle vil fortælle dig, at han er en af ​​de bedste volleyspillere i vores spil, sagde Thiem. Fordi den sidste gang, han savnede en volley, måske var syv år siden, tror jeg. ”

Snart nok var det slut. Kongen af ​​ler, som Nadal er kendt, hersker stadig.

Spanien ’s Rafael Nadal fejrer sin rekord 12. French Open-turnering i French Open efter at have vundet sin herres ’s sidste kamp mod Østrig ’s Dominic Thiem i fire sæt, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, ved Roland Garros stadion i Paris, søndag den 9. juni 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Spanien ’s Rafael Nadal fejrer sin rekord 12. French Open-titel efter at have vundet sine herres ’s sidste kamp mod Østrig ’s Dominic Thiem i fire sæt, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, på Roland Garros stadion i Paris søndag.

Spanien ’s Rafael Nadal løfter pokalen, da han fejrer sin rekord 12. French Open -titel.


Nadal vinder 12. French Open for 18. Slam -titel

PARIS — I et par flygtige øjeblikke søndag fandt Rafael Nadal sin French Open -overherredømme tilsyneladende truet af Dominic Thiem, en yngre, talentfuld modstander, der udfordrede ham i finalen for andet år i træk.

Et dårligt spil fra Nadal tillod Thiem at bryde ham og endda ting på et sæt. Den udvikling fik fansene til at stå på benene i Court Philippe Chatrier, brølende og klappede og frem for alt undrede sig over: Var dette nu en rigtig konkurrence? Kunne Thiem skubbe Nadal mere? Kunne Thiem få denne stigning til at vare? Ville Nadal vakle?

At spørgsmålene overhovedet opstod var betydningsfulde. Svarene kom hurtigt. Nadal bekræftede sig selv, som han plejer at gøre ved Roland Garros, ved at tage 16 af de næste 17 point og 12 af de resterende 14 kampe og trække sig væk for at slå Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for sin rekordforlængende 12. mesterskab ved French Open.

“Han trådte på mig, ” sagde Thiem. “Tallene er skøre. Han vandt den 12 gange. ”

Ingen i tennis har nogensinde vundet en større turnering så ofte. Endnu engang har ingen nogensinde været så velegnede til succes på nogen af ​​sportens overflader, som denne 33-årige spanier er på rødt ler: Nadal er 93-2 for sin karriere i Roland Garros og vandt fire i træk fra 2005-08, fem i træk fra 2010-14, og nu tre i træk.

“Jeg kan ikke forklare mine følelser, ” sagde den nr. 2-seedede Nadal, der faldt på ryggen efter det sidste punkt, og fik det rustfarvede snavs over sin neongule skjorte og derefter tørrede tårer af under trofæceremonien.

Ser man på det større billede, er han nu oppe på 18 Grand Slam -trofæer, der bevæger sig inden for to af Roger Federers ’s mænds ’s rekord på 20.

Nadal ønskede imidlertid ikke at underholde nogen diskussion om en forfølgelse af Federer.

Jeg er ikke særlig bekymret for det her, sagde Nadal. Du kan ikke være frustreret hele tiden, fordi naboen har et større hus end dig eller et større tv eller en bedre have. ”

Thiem, en 25-årig østriger, der blev seedet som nr. 4 og forarget nr. 1 Novak Djokovic i en drænende, regnafbrudt semifinale spillet over to dage, så på sin første store titel i denne omkamp af finalen i 2018 i Paris . Men igen, han kunne ikke løse Nadal.

Det første, jeg vil sige, er tillykke med Dominic. Jeg er ked af det, for han fortjener det også her, sagde Nadal. “He has an unbelievable intensity.”

So, of course, does Nadal. This had been, by his lofty standards, a rough season, from the most lopsided Grand Slam final loss of his career — against Djokovic at the Australian Open — to entering May without a title for the first year since 2004. Injuries, as often is the case with Nadal, were a problem, including a bad right knee.

“Mentally, I lost a little bit (of) energy, because I had too many issues in a row,” Nadal said, tapping his right fingers on his temple.

“When you are constantly hit in the face,” he said in Spanish, “you end up being hurt.”

He started to right himself by taking the Italian Open title on clay last month.

“It was very important for him to win in Rome. It was like he realized that he was getting back on the good level, on the right path,” said Nadal’s coach, 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya, “and gaining a lot of confidence.”

Soon enough, Nadal found himself in a familiar position in Paris: playing in the final, and winning it.

This one began on a cloudy afternoon, with the temperature in the low 60s (mid-teens Celsius) and only a slight breeze. In the initial game — interrupted briefly by a baby wailing in the stands, drawing a laugh from other spectators and prompting Nadal to back away from the baseline between serves — three of the five points lasted at least 11 strokes.

And, thereby, a pattern was established: By the end of the 3-hour, 1-minute match, a total of 46 points went 10 strokes or more. Each man claimed half.

From the get-go, it was such a physical grind that Nadal was soaked with sweat and changed neon yellow shirts after just seven games, eliciting catcalls from the stands.

Early on, there were no signs of fatigue for Thiem, even though he was competing for a fourth straight day.

Indeed, it was Thiem who nosed ahead first, closing a 12-stroke exchange by ripping a forehand to earn the first break point, then converting it with an overhead on a 20-stroke exchange for a 3-2 edge. He turned with a clenched right hand to face his guest box, where his girlfriend, women’s doubles champion Kristina Mladenovic, was pumping her fist and shouting.

Nadal immediately responded. He grabbed the next four games with elan, using a drop shot to help break for a 5-3 lead, then a serve-and-volley to help hold for the set.

That must have been demoralizing for Thiem. But at the ensuing changeover, he didn’t whack a ball toward the stands, as Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss to Nadal. Thiem casually sat in his gray sideline seat, bounced his legs and chewed on an energy bar, furtively glancing at Nadal.

Thiem bounced back, if only briefly. Talk about a stunning shift: Nadal won 25 of 26 points on his serve before — with spectators trading between-point chants of nicknames, “Ra-fa!” and “Do-mi!” — he got broken to cede the second set. That was the only set Thiem managed to steal from Nadal in four career meetings at Roland Garros.

Maybe this was going to be a long one.

But Thiem, put simply, wilted. Enough to create an opening Nadal barged through.

By now, Nadal was creating magic at the net, and he won the point on 23 of 27 times he went forward. One drop volley was spun so marvelously that it landed on Thiem’s side, then bounced back toward the net. All Thiem could do was watch — and offer an appreciative thumbs-up.

“Almost everybody will tell you that he’s one of the best volleyers of our game,” Thiem said. “Because the last time he missed a volley was, maybe, seven years ago, I guess.”

Soon enough, it was over. The King of Clay, as Nadal is known, still reigns.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open tennis tournament title after winning his men’s final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open title after winning his men’s final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Sunday.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal lifts the trophy as he celebrates his record 12th French Open title.


Nadal wins 12th French Open for 18th Slam title

PARIS — For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year.

A poor game from Nadal allowed Thiem to break him and even things at a set apiece. That development brought fans to their feet in Court Philippe Chatrier, roaring and clapping and, above all, wondering: Was this, now, a real contest? Could Thiem push Nadal more? Could Thiem make this surge last? Would Nadal falter?

That the questions arose at all was significant. The answers arrived swiftly. Nadal reasserted himself, as he usually does at Roland Garros, by grabbing 16 of the next 17 points and 12 of the remaining 14 games, pulling away to beat Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for his record-extending 12th championship at the French Open.

“He stepped on me,” Thiem said. “The numbers are crazy. He won it 12 times.”

No one in tennis ever has won any major tournament that frequently. Then again, no one ever has been as suited for success on any of the sport’s surfaces as this 33-year-old Spaniard is on red clay: Nadal is 93-2 for his career at Roland Garros, winning four in a row from 2005-08, five in a row from 2010-14, and now three in a row.

“I can’t explain my emotions,” said the No. 2-seeded Nadal, who dropped to his back after the final point, getting that rust-colored dirt all over his neon yellow shirt, then wiped away tears during the trophy ceremony.

Looking at the bigger picture, he is now up to 18 Grand Slam trophies, moving within two of Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20.

Nadal, however, did not want to entertain any discussion of a pursuit of Federer.

“I am not very worried about this stuff,” Nadal said. “You can’t be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden.”

Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian who was seeded No. 4 and upset No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a draining, rain-interrupted semifinal played over two days, was eyeing his first major title in this rematch of the 2018 final in Paris. But again, he couldn’t solve Nadal.

“First thing that I want to say is congrats to Dominic. I feel sorry, because he deserves it here, too,” Nadal said. “He has an unbelievable intensity.”

So, of course, does Nadal. This had been, by his lofty standards, a rough season, from the most lopsided Grand Slam final loss of his career — against Djokovic at the Australian Open — to entering May without a title for the first year since 2004. Injuries, as often is the case with Nadal, were a problem, including a bad right knee.

“Mentally, I lost a little bit (of) energy, because I had too many issues in a row,” Nadal said, tapping his right fingers on his temple.

“When you are constantly hit in the face,” he said in Spanish, “you end up being hurt.”

He started to right himself by taking the Italian Open title on clay last month.

“It was very important for him to win in Rome. It was like he realized that he was getting back on the good level, on the right path,” said Nadal’s coach, 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya, “and gaining a lot of confidence.”

Soon enough, Nadal found himself in a familiar position in Paris: playing in the final, and winning it.

This one began on a cloudy afternoon, with the temperature in the low 60s (mid-teens Celsius) and only a slight breeze. In the initial game — interrupted briefly by a baby wailing in the stands, drawing a laugh from other spectators and prompting Nadal to back away from the baseline between serves — three of the five points lasted at least 11 strokes.

And, thereby, a pattern was established: By the end of the 3-hour, 1-minute match, a total of 46 points went 10 strokes or more. Each man claimed half.

From the get-go, it was such a physical grind that Nadal was soaked with sweat and changed neon yellow shirts after just seven games, eliciting catcalls from the stands.

Early on, there were no signs of fatigue for Thiem, even though he was competing for a fourth straight day.

Indeed, it was Thiem who nosed ahead first, closing a 12-stroke exchange by ripping a forehand to earn the first break point, then converting it with an overhead on a 20-stroke exchange for a 3-2 edge. He turned with a clenched right hand to face his guest box, where his girlfriend, women’s doubles champion Kristina Mladenovic, was pumping her fist and shouting.

Nadal immediately responded. He grabbed the next four games with elan, using a drop shot to help break for a 5-3 lead, then a serve-and-volley to help hold for the set.

That must have been demoralizing for Thiem. But at the ensuing changeover, he didn’t whack a ball toward the stands, as Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss to Nadal. Thiem casually sat in his gray sideline seat, bounced his legs and chewed on an energy bar, furtively glancing at Nadal.

Thiem bounced back, if only briefly. Talk about a stunning shift: Nadal won 25 of 26 points on his serve before — with spectators trading between-point chants of nicknames, “Ra-fa!” and “Do-mi!” — he got broken to cede the second set. That was the only set Thiem managed to steal from Nadal in four career meetings at Roland Garros.

Maybe this was going to be a long one.

But Thiem, put simply, wilted. Enough to create an opening Nadal barged through.

By now, Nadal was creating magic at the net, and he won the point on 23 of 27 times he went forward. One drop volley was spun so marvelously that it landed on Thiem’s side, then bounced back toward the net. All Thiem could do was watch — and offer an appreciative thumbs-up.

“Almost everybody will tell you that he’s one of the best volleyers of our game,” Thiem said. “Because the last time he missed a volley was, maybe, seven years ago, I guess.”

Soon enough, it was over. The King of Clay, as Nadal is known, still reigns.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open tennis tournament title after winning his men’s final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open title after winning his men’s final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Sunday.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal lifts the trophy as he celebrates his record 12th French Open title.


Nadal wins 12th French Open for 18th Slam title

PARIS — For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year.

A poor game from Nadal allowed Thiem to break him and even things at a set apiece. That development brought fans to their feet in Court Philippe Chatrier, roaring and clapping and, above all, wondering: Was this, now, a real contest? Could Thiem push Nadal more? Could Thiem make this surge last? Would Nadal falter?

That the questions arose at all was significant. The answers arrived swiftly. Nadal reasserted himself, as he usually does at Roland Garros, by grabbing 16 of the next 17 points and 12 of the remaining 14 games, pulling away to beat Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for his record-extending 12th championship at the French Open.

“He stepped on me,” Thiem said. “The numbers are crazy. He won it 12 times.”

No one in tennis ever has won any major tournament that frequently. Then again, no one ever has been as suited for success on any of the sport’s surfaces as this 33-year-old Spaniard is on red clay: Nadal is 93-2 for his career at Roland Garros, winning four in a row from 2005-08, five in a row from 2010-14, and now three in a row.

“I can’t explain my emotions,” said the No. 2-seeded Nadal, who dropped to his back after the final point, getting that rust-colored dirt all over his neon yellow shirt, then wiped away tears during the trophy ceremony.

Looking at the bigger picture, he is now up to 18 Grand Slam trophies, moving within two of Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20.

Nadal, however, did not want to entertain any discussion of a pursuit of Federer.

“I am not very worried about this stuff,” Nadal said. “You can’t be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden.”

Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian who was seeded No. 4 and upset No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a draining, rain-interrupted semifinal played over two days, was eyeing his first major title in this rematch of the 2018 final in Paris. But again, he couldn’t solve Nadal.

“First thing that I want to say is congrats to Dominic. I feel sorry, because he deserves it here, too,” Nadal said. “He has an unbelievable intensity.”

So, of course, does Nadal. This had been, by his lofty standards, a rough season, from the most lopsided Grand Slam final loss of his career — against Djokovic at the Australian Open — to entering May without a title for the first year since 2004. Injuries, as often is the case with Nadal, were a problem, including a bad right knee.

“Mentally, I lost a little bit (of) energy, because I had too many issues in a row,” Nadal said, tapping his right fingers on his temple.

“When you are constantly hit in the face,” he said in Spanish, “you end up being hurt.”

He started to right himself by taking the Italian Open title on clay last month.

“It was very important for him to win in Rome. It was like he realized that he was getting back on the good level, on the right path,” said Nadal’s coach, 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya, “and gaining a lot of confidence.”

Soon enough, Nadal found himself in a familiar position in Paris: playing in the final, and winning it.

This one began on a cloudy afternoon, with the temperature in the low 60s (mid-teens Celsius) and only a slight breeze. In the initial game — interrupted briefly by a baby wailing in the stands, drawing a laugh from other spectators and prompting Nadal to back away from the baseline between serves — three of the five points lasted at least 11 strokes.

And, thereby, a pattern was established: By the end of the 3-hour, 1-minute match, a total of 46 points went 10 strokes or more. Each man claimed half.

From the get-go, it was such a physical grind that Nadal was soaked with sweat and changed neon yellow shirts after just seven games, eliciting catcalls from the stands.

Early on, there were no signs of fatigue for Thiem, even though he was competing for a fourth straight day.

Indeed, it was Thiem who nosed ahead first, closing a 12-stroke exchange by ripping a forehand to earn the first break point, then converting it with an overhead on a 20-stroke exchange for a 3-2 edge. He turned with a clenched right hand to face his guest box, where his girlfriend, women’s doubles champion Kristina Mladenovic, was pumping her fist and shouting.

Nadal immediately responded. He grabbed the next four games with elan, using a drop shot to help break for a 5-3 lead, then a serve-and-volley to help hold for the set.

That must have been demoralizing for Thiem. But at the ensuing changeover, he didn’t whack a ball toward the stands, as Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss to Nadal. Thiem casually sat in his gray sideline seat, bounced his legs and chewed on an energy bar, furtively glancing at Nadal.

Thiem bounced back, if only briefly. Talk about a stunning shift: Nadal won 25 of 26 points on his serve before — with spectators trading between-point chants of nicknames, “Ra-fa!” and “Do-mi!” — he got broken to cede the second set. That was the only set Thiem managed to steal from Nadal in four career meetings at Roland Garros.

Maybe this was going to be a long one.

But Thiem, put simply, wilted. Enough to create an opening Nadal barged through.

By now, Nadal was creating magic at the net, and he won the point on 23 of 27 times he went forward. One drop volley was spun so marvelously that it landed on Thiem’s side, then bounced back toward the net. All Thiem could do was watch — and offer an appreciative thumbs-up.

“Almost everybody will tell you that he’s one of the best volleyers of our game,” Thiem said. “Because the last time he missed a volley was, maybe, seven years ago, I guess.”

Soon enough, it was over. The King of Clay, as Nadal is known, still reigns.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open tennis tournament title after winning his men’s final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open title after winning his men’s final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Sunday.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal lifts the trophy as he celebrates his record 12th French Open title.


Nadal wins 12th French Open for 18th Slam title

PARIS — For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year.

A poor game from Nadal allowed Thiem to break him and even things at a set apiece. That development brought fans to their feet in Court Philippe Chatrier, roaring and clapping and, above all, wondering: Was this, now, a real contest? Could Thiem push Nadal more? Could Thiem make this surge last? Would Nadal falter?

That the questions arose at all was significant. The answers arrived swiftly. Nadal reasserted himself, as he usually does at Roland Garros, by grabbing 16 of the next 17 points and 12 of the remaining 14 games, pulling away to beat Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for his record-extending 12th championship at the French Open.

“He stepped on me,” Thiem said. “The numbers are crazy. He won it 12 times.”

No one in tennis ever has won any major tournament that frequently. Then again, no one ever has been as suited for success on any of the sport’s surfaces as this 33-year-old Spaniard is on red clay: Nadal is 93-2 for his career at Roland Garros, winning four in a row from 2005-08, five in a row from 2010-14, and now three in a row.

“I can’t explain my emotions,” said the No. 2-seeded Nadal, who dropped to his back after the final point, getting that rust-colored dirt all over his neon yellow shirt, then wiped away tears during the trophy ceremony.

Looking at the bigger picture, he is now up to 18 Grand Slam trophies, moving within two of Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20.

Nadal, however, did not want to entertain any discussion of a pursuit of Federer.

“I am not very worried about this stuff,” Nadal said. “You can’t be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden.”

Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian who was seeded No. 4 and upset No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a draining, rain-interrupted semifinal played over two days, was eyeing his first major title in this rematch of the 2018 final in Paris. But again, he couldn’t solve Nadal.

“First thing that I want to say is congrats to Dominic. I feel sorry, because he deserves it here, too,” Nadal said. “He has an unbelievable intensity.”

So, of course, does Nadal. This had been, by his lofty standards, a rough season, from the most lopsided Grand Slam final loss of his career — against Djokovic at the Australian Open — to entering May without a title for the first year since 2004. Injuries, as often is the case with Nadal, were a problem, including a bad right knee.

“Mentally, I lost a little bit (of) energy, because I had too many issues in a row,” Nadal said, tapping his right fingers on his temple.

“When you are constantly hit in the face,” he said in Spanish, “you end up being hurt.”

He started to right himself by taking the Italian Open title on clay last month.

“It was very important for him to win in Rome. It was like he realized that he was getting back on the good level, on the right path,” said Nadal’s coach, 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya, “and gaining a lot of confidence.”

Soon enough, Nadal found himself in a familiar position in Paris: playing in the final, and winning it.

This one began on a cloudy afternoon, with the temperature in the low 60s (mid-teens Celsius) and only a slight breeze. In the initial game — interrupted briefly by a baby wailing in the stands, drawing a laugh from other spectators and prompting Nadal to back away from the baseline between serves — three of the five points lasted at least 11 strokes.

And, thereby, a pattern was established: By the end of the 3-hour, 1-minute match, a total of 46 points went 10 strokes or more. Each man claimed half.

From the get-go, it was such a physical grind that Nadal was soaked with sweat and changed neon yellow shirts after just seven games, eliciting catcalls from the stands.

Early on, there were no signs of fatigue for Thiem, even though he was competing for a fourth straight day.

Indeed, it was Thiem who nosed ahead first, closing a 12-stroke exchange by ripping a forehand to earn the first break point, then converting it with an overhead on a 20-stroke exchange for a 3-2 edge. He turned with a clenched right hand to face his guest box, where his girlfriend, women’s doubles champion Kristina Mladenovic, was pumping her fist and shouting.

Nadal immediately responded. He grabbed the next four games with elan, using a drop shot to help break for a 5-3 lead, then a serve-and-volley to help hold for the set.

That must have been demoralizing for Thiem. But at the ensuing changeover, he didn’t whack a ball toward the stands, as Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss to Nadal. Thiem casually sat in his gray sideline seat, bounced his legs and chewed on an energy bar, furtively glancing at Nadal.

Thiem bounced back, if only briefly. Talk about a stunning shift: Nadal won 25 of 26 points on his serve before — with spectators trading between-point chants of nicknames, “Ra-fa!” and “Do-mi!” — he got broken to cede the second set. That was the only set Thiem managed to steal from Nadal in four career meetings at Roland Garros.

Maybe this was going to be a long one.

But Thiem, put simply, wilted. Enough to create an opening Nadal barged through.

By now, Nadal was creating magic at the net, and he won the point on 23 of 27 times he went forward. One drop volley was spun so marvelously that it landed on Thiem’s side, then bounced back toward the net. All Thiem could do was watch — and offer an appreciative thumbs-up.

“Almost everybody will tell you that he’s one of the best volleyers of our game,” Thiem said. “Because the last time he missed a volley was, maybe, seven years ago, I guess.”

Soon enough, it was over. The King of Clay, as Nadal is known, still reigns.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open tennis tournament title after winning his men’s final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open title after winning his men’s final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Sunday.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal lifts the trophy as he celebrates his record 12th French Open title.


Nadal wins 12th French Open for 18th Slam title

PARIS — For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year.

A poor game from Nadal allowed Thiem to break him and even things at a set apiece. That development brought fans to their feet in Court Philippe Chatrier, roaring and clapping and, above all, wondering: Was this, now, a real contest? Could Thiem push Nadal more? Could Thiem make this surge last? Would Nadal falter?

That the questions arose at all was significant. The answers arrived swiftly. Nadal reasserted himself, as he usually does at Roland Garros, by grabbing 16 of the next 17 points and 12 of the remaining 14 games, pulling away to beat Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for his record-extending 12th championship at the French Open.

“He stepped on me,” Thiem said. “The numbers are crazy. He won it 12 times.”

No one in tennis ever has won any major tournament that frequently. Then again, no one ever has been as suited for success on any of the sport’s surfaces as this 33-year-old Spaniard is on red clay: Nadal is 93-2 for his career at Roland Garros, winning four in a row from 2005-08, five in a row from 2010-14, and now three in a row.

“I can’t explain my emotions,” said the No. 2-seeded Nadal, who dropped to his back after the final point, getting that rust-colored dirt all over his neon yellow shirt, then wiped away tears during the trophy ceremony.

Looking at the bigger picture, he is now up to 18 Grand Slam trophies, moving within two of Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20.

Nadal, however, did not want to entertain any discussion of a pursuit of Federer.

“I am not very worried about this stuff,” Nadal said. “You can’t be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden.”

Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian who was seeded No. 4 and upset No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a draining, rain-interrupted semifinal played over two days, was eyeing his first major title in this rematch of the 2018 final in Paris. But again, he couldn’t solve Nadal.

“First thing that I want to say is congrats to Dominic. I feel sorry, because he deserves it here, too,” Nadal said. “He has an unbelievable intensity.”

So, of course, does Nadal. This had been, by his lofty standards, a rough season, from the most lopsided Grand Slam final loss of his career — against Djokovic at the Australian Open — to entering May without a title for the first year since 2004. Injuries, as often is the case with Nadal, were a problem, including a bad right knee.

“Mentally, I lost a little bit (of) energy, because I had too many issues in a row,” Nadal said, tapping his right fingers on his temple.

“When you are constantly hit in the face,” he said in Spanish, “you end up being hurt.”

He started to right himself by taking the Italian Open title on clay last month.

“It was very important for him to win in Rome. It was like he realized that he was getting back on the good level, on the right path,” said Nadal’s coach, 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya, “and gaining a lot of confidence.”

Soon enough, Nadal found himself in a familiar position in Paris: playing in the final, and winning it.

This one began on a cloudy afternoon, with the temperature in the low 60s (mid-teens Celsius) and only a slight breeze. In the initial game — interrupted briefly by a baby wailing in the stands, drawing a laugh from other spectators and prompting Nadal to back away from the baseline between serves — three of the five points lasted at least 11 strokes.

And, thereby, a pattern was established: By the end of the 3-hour, 1-minute match, a total of 46 points went 10 strokes or more. Each man claimed half.

From the get-go, it was such a physical grind that Nadal was soaked with sweat and changed neon yellow shirts after just seven games, eliciting catcalls from the stands.

Early on, there were no signs of fatigue for Thiem, even though he was competing for a fourth straight day.

Indeed, it was Thiem who nosed ahead first, closing a 12-stroke exchange by ripping a forehand to earn the first break point, then converting it with an overhead on a 20-stroke exchange for a 3-2 edge. He turned with a clenched right hand to face his guest box, where his girlfriend, women’s doubles champion Kristina Mladenovic, was pumping her fist and shouting.

Nadal immediately responded. He grabbed the next four games with elan, using a drop shot to help break for a 5-3 lead, then a serve-and-volley to help hold for the set.

That must have been demoralizing for Thiem. But at the ensuing changeover, he didn’t whack a ball toward the stands, as Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss to Nadal. Thiem casually sat in his gray sideline seat, bounced his legs and chewed on an energy bar, furtively glancing at Nadal.

Thiem bounced back, if only briefly. Talk about a stunning shift: Nadal won 25 of 26 points on his serve before — with spectators trading between-point chants of nicknames, “Ra-fa!” and “Do-mi!” — he got broken to cede the second set. That was the only set Thiem managed to steal from Nadal in four career meetings at Roland Garros.

Maybe this was going to be a long one.

But Thiem, put simply, wilted. Enough to create an opening Nadal barged through.

By now, Nadal was creating magic at the net, and he won the point on 23 of 27 times he went forward. One drop volley was spun so marvelously that it landed on Thiem’s side, then bounced back toward the net. All Thiem could do was watch — and offer an appreciative thumbs-up.

“Almost everybody will tell you that he’s one of the best volleyers of our game,” Thiem said. “Because the last time he missed a volley was, maybe, seven years ago, I guess.”

Soon enough, it was over. The King of Clay, as Nadal is known, still reigns.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open tennis tournament title after winning his men’s final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open title after winning his men’s final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Sunday.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal lifts the trophy as he celebrates his record 12th French Open title.


Nadal wins 12th French Open for 18th Slam title

PARIS — For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year.

A poor game from Nadal allowed Thiem to break him and even things at a set apiece. That development brought fans to their feet in Court Philippe Chatrier, roaring and clapping and, above all, wondering: Was this, now, a real contest? Could Thiem push Nadal more? Could Thiem make this surge last? Would Nadal falter?

That the questions arose at all was significant. The answers arrived swiftly. Nadal reasserted himself, as he usually does at Roland Garros, by grabbing 16 of the next 17 points and 12 of the remaining 14 games, pulling away to beat Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for his record-extending 12th championship at the French Open.

“He stepped on me,” Thiem said. “The numbers are crazy. He won it 12 times.”

No one in tennis ever has won any major tournament that frequently. Then again, no one ever has been as suited for success on any of the sport’s surfaces as this 33-year-old Spaniard is on red clay: Nadal is 93-2 for his career at Roland Garros, winning four in a row from 2005-08, five in a row from 2010-14, and now three in a row.

“I can’t explain my emotions,” said the No. 2-seeded Nadal, who dropped to his back after the final point, getting that rust-colored dirt all over his neon yellow shirt, then wiped away tears during the trophy ceremony.

Looking at the bigger picture, he is now up to 18 Grand Slam trophies, moving within two of Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20.

Nadal, however, did not want to entertain any discussion of a pursuit of Federer.

“I am not very worried about this stuff,” Nadal said. “You can’t be frustrated all the time because the neighbor has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden.”

Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian who was seeded No. 4 and upset No. 1 Novak Djokovic in a draining, rain-interrupted semifinal played over two days, was eyeing his first major title in this rematch of the 2018 final in Paris. But again, he couldn’t solve Nadal.

“First thing that I want to say is congrats to Dominic. I feel sorry, because he deserves it here, too,” Nadal said. “He has an unbelievable intensity.”

So, of course, does Nadal. This had been, by his lofty standards, a rough season, from the most lopsided Grand Slam final loss of his career — against Djokovic at the Australian Open — to entering May without a title for the first year since 2004. Injuries, as often is the case with Nadal, were a problem, including a bad right knee.

“Mentally, I lost a little bit (of) energy, because I had too many issues in a row,” Nadal said, tapping his right fingers on his temple.

“When you are constantly hit in the face,” he said in Spanish, “you end up being hurt.”

He started to right himself by taking the Italian Open title on clay last month.

“It was very important for him to win in Rome. It was like he realized that he was getting back on the good level, on the right path,” said Nadal’s coach, 1998 French Open champion Carlos Moya, “and gaining a lot of confidence.”

Soon enough, Nadal found himself in a familiar position in Paris: playing in the final, and winning it.

This one began on a cloudy afternoon, with the temperature in the low 60s (mid-teens Celsius) and only a slight breeze. In the initial game — interrupted briefly by a baby wailing in the stands, drawing a laugh from other spectators and prompting Nadal to back away from the baseline between serves — three of the five points lasted at least 11 strokes.

And, thereby, a pattern was established: By the end of the 3-hour, 1-minute match, a total of 46 points went 10 strokes or more. Each man claimed half.

From the get-go, it was such a physical grind that Nadal was soaked with sweat and changed neon yellow shirts after just seven games, eliciting catcalls from the stands.

Early on, there were no signs of fatigue for Thiem, even though he was competing for a fourth straight day.

Indeed, it was Thiem who nosed ahead first, closing a 12-stroke exchange by ripping a forehand to earn the first break point, then converting it with an overhead on a 20-stroke exchange for a 3-2 edge. He turned with a clenched right hand to face his guest box, where his girlfriend, women’s doubles champion Kristina Mladenovic, was pumping her fist and shouting.

Nadal immediately responded. He grabbed the next four games with elan, using a drop shot to help break for a 5-3 lead, then a serve-and-volley to help hold for the set.

That must have been demoralizing for Thiem. But at the ensuing changeover, he didn’t whack a ball toward the stands, as Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss to Nadal. Thiem casually sat in his gray sideline seat, bounced his legs and chewed on an energy bar, furtively glancing at Nadal.

Thiem bounced back, if only briefly. Talk about a stunning shift: Nadal won 25 of 26 points on his serve before — with spectators trading between-point chants of nicknames, “Ra-fa!” and “Do-mi!” — he got broken to cede the second set. That was the only set Thiem managed to steal from Nadal in four career meetings at Roland Garros.

Maybe this was going to be a long one.

But Thiem, put simply, wilted. Enough to create an opening Nadal barged through.

By now, Nadal was creating magic at the net, and he won the point on 23 of 27 times he went forward. One drop volley was spun so marvelously that it landed on Thiem’s side, then bounced back toward the net. All Thiem could do was watch — and offer an appreciative thumbs-up.

“Almost everybody will tell you that he’s one of the best volleyers of our game,” Thiem said. “Because the last time he missed a volley was, maybe, seven years ago, I guess.”

Soon enough, it was over. The King of Clay, as Nadal is known, still reigns.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open tennis tournament title after winning his men’s final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)

Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open title after winning his men’s final match against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris on Sunday.

Spain’s Rafael Nadal lifts the trophy as he celebrates his record 12th French Open title.


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