Monday, 17 December, 2018


Rafael Nadal defeats Dominic Thiem, wins his 11th French Open title

Noah Ferguson | 11 June, 2018, 03:14

The lone player to defeat Nadal on clay over the last two seasons, Thiem made incremental progress by winning nine games Sunday, two more than in each of their previous meetings here.

Despite his remarkable efforts, the 32-year-old remains three titles behind Federer, who will be targeting a 21st Slam win at Wimbledon next month.

Not that 17-times Grand Slam champion Nadal, whose latest feat is all the more remarkable considering he was sidelined for several weeks this year due to injury, is pre-occupied with trying to keep up with his Swiss rival.

He said it was because he had started the clay-court season with "some doubts" before going on to win a record-extending 11th title at Roland Garros.

Thiem was on the couch, watching on TV, in 2005, when Nadal earned his first Grand Slam trophy in Paris at age 19.

Up a break at 2-1 in the third set, Nadal stopped serving after a fault because he couldn't straighten his left middle finger.

For me, you know, if you tell me seven, eight years ago that I will be here [at] 32 years old having this trophy with me again, I will tell you that is something nearly impossible, but here we are.

Nadal entered Sunday's final 85-2 lifetime at Roland Garros, and that fact alone put Thiem in a precarious position before the proceedings even got underway.

In a world bustling with ball-maulers yearning to topple euphorically onto Roland Garros clay or merely stand and raise the arms skyward in triumph just once in life, Rafael Nadal did so Sunday for a preposterous 11th time, even while choosing the standing option for only the second.

"It's not even a dream to win here 11 times, because its impossible to think of something like this".

"What you did and what you are doing", Thiem told Nadal during the trophy ceremony, "is one of the most outstanding things that any athlete is doing in any sport". "You never know where is the limit", he said.

Until 4-all, 15-all in the opening set, to be precise. After Nadal held there for 5-4, Thiem basically handed over the next game - and the set - by making four mistakes in a row. A volley into the net. Midway through the opening set, Nadal's aqua T-shirt was so soaked with sweat it stuck to him, so he changed into a fresh one at a changeover, drawing catcalls from spectators.

Nadal celebrated in relatively low key fashion, but then there is not much novelty value in this. That seemed to unsettle him and he played poor game that culiminated in a wild backhand going long to give him the lead.

Rafael Nadal's reign as the clay court king isn't ending any time soon. Another forehand victor from Nadal found a corner, and Thiem yelled toward his coach.

Recommended

loading...
...

Trump blasts Canadian PM as 'meek, dishonest' Trump blasts Canadian PM as 'meek, dishonest' The incident has led to accusations that Trudeau is buffing up his eyebrows with a couple of stick-on substitutes. "That will not stand", he noted.

Chinese, Russian Presidents Lead U.S. Criticism at Regional Summit Chinese, Russian Presidents Lead U.S. Criticism at Regional Summit He adds Moscow will continue to honor its obligations under the Iranian nuclear deal. Trump said in Washington as he was departing for the summit in Canada .

Mercedes delay engine upgrade due to 'quality issue' Mercedes delay engine upgrade due to 'quality issue' Ferrari ought to know Montreal by now, seeing as how the city has hosted every Canadian Grand Prix for the last 40 years. The switch would have delivered a welcome boost thanks to the Circuit Gilles Villeneuve being a power-critical track.

Fallout 76 is 4 times the size of Fallout 4 Fallout 76 is 4 times the size of Fallout 4 This time around, we now know that Fallout Shelter is coming to PS4 after its trophy list has just popped up on Exophase . Unfortunately we didn't see much - but it looks like Fallout 76 takes place in bomb-ravaged West Virginia.

Halo Infinite announced for Xbox One, Windows 10 There's also a glimpse at one of the most iconic video game vehicles of all time: the Warthog. Titled Halo Infinite , its new in-engine reveal trailer is seen above.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ injury absence extended England all-rounder Ben Stokes’ injury absence extended The severity of the hamstring tear is unclear at this moment and the Durham all rounder is set to have another scan next week. The first ODI of the five-match ODI series between England and Australia will take place on June 13 at The Oval.

Global crude oil prices extend losses after JP Morgan cuts forecast Global crude oil prices extend losses after JP Morgan cuts forecast Further weighing on prices has been rising USA output, which hit another record last week at 10.8 million bpd. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude futures recovered some earlier losses to trade 61 cents lower at $65.33.

More than 1.5 tons of Tyson frozen, breaded chicken recalled More than 1.5 tons of Tyson frozen, breaded chicken recalled Last year, Tyson recalled about 2.5 million pounds of ready-to-eat breaded chicken "due to misbranding and undeclared allergens". More than 3,000 pounds of frozen breaded chicken products are being recalled because there might be plastic in the breading.

'The Goldbergs' Alum Jackson Odell Dead at 20 - Played Ari Caldwell 'The Goldbergs' Alum Jackson Odell Dead at 20 - Played Ari Caldwell In the ABC comedy The Goldbergs he played student Ari Caldwell, a friend of Erica and Lexi, and Dana's older brother. He was known for sharing videos of himself singing covers of popular artists' songs on YouTube over the years.

Pizza delivery could lead to Hempstead man's deportation Pizza delivery could lead to Hempstead man's deportation Pablo Villavicencio was taken into custody on June 1, 2018, at Fort Hamilton Army Base in Brooklyn and now faces deportation. Villavicencio, the father of two little girls who were born in the United States, came to the USA a decade ago.

Jeff Horn travels from Australia to defend title against Terence Crawford Jeff Horn travels from Australia to defend title against Terence Crawford I really only got one word to say - it's the takeover, and Jeff just happens to be there to be the first victim". Now Horn, who is making his second title defense, is aiming for what would be another monumental upset .

Kia recalls more than 500,000 vehicles for possible faulty air bags Kia recalls more than 500,000 vehicles for possible faulty air bags In a statement Friday, ZF-TRW said the air bag control units sent to Kia were designed and built according to Kia specifications. The computer detects a crash signal, issues a command to inflate the air bags and prepares seat belts for a crash if necessary.

First Pacific hurricane of 2018 explodes to Category 4 First Pacific hurricane of 2018 explodes to Category 4 The NHC said it's too early to tell whether the second system will pose a threat to the Pacific coast next week. National Hurricane Center said Bud had maximum sustained winds of 65 miles per hour (100 kph) Sunday morning.

China's trade surplus with U.S. grew, while global gap shrank China's trade surplus with U.S. grew, while global gap shrank Especially since China has delayed reporting its own final worldwide trade figures for April 2018. Despite three rounds of trade talks, tension between Washington and Beijing has increased.

Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Talks Gaming Beyond 'Generations' Xbox Boss Phil Spencer Talks Gaming Beyond 'Generations' The Microsoft E3 2018 press conference is scheduled to begin at 1 PM PT / 3 PM CT / 4 PM ET on Sunday, June 10th. Stay tuned to IGN for more from Bethesda's E3 2018 press conference as soon as it airs and as soon as it's over.