RAFAEL NADAL’S REIGN AS KING OF CLAY CONTINUES AT FRENCH OPEN
RAFA NADAL remains King of the clay, as he claims his 11th French Open title.
In just the second Grand Slam of the season, the Spaniard has proved why he’s the number one seed.
There was however a Twist in the third set, as Nadal received treatment for what was believed to be cramp.
And his service speed was greatly reduced from 115mph, to 106mph, as he looked to be suffering. This could have provided Thiem with an unlikely window of opportunity to get back into the game.
But the 32-year-old Spanish legend had done enough early on and was a consummate professional as he fired his way through the third and final set just before the weather changed.
Rafael Nadal in action
The tournament this year is the first time since 1992 that both the men’s and women’s top seeds have won at Roland Garros after Simona Halep clinched the Women’s title saturday.
Nadal’s incredible run during Roland Garros saw him drop just one set, in the quarter-finals.
Dominic Thiem featured in his first Grand Slam final and will no doubt be a contender for titles in the future, but today there were times he was left speechless by the tennis juggernaut called Nadal.
The Austrian didn’t make it easy for the tennis legend, but was forced into corners and positions that made it difficult to return.
Nadal himself congratulated Thiem’s style of play in the final and called him an aggressive and difficult opposition.
He even claimed that the young tennis star would himself lift the trophy in Paris in the future. That remains to be seen, as we have seen many promising ones like him who looked set for great things fizzle out.
As Nadal claims his 11th French open, we ask can anyone unseat the Undisputed KING OF CLAY?