Rafael Nadal captured his 12th French Open and 18th Grand Slam title with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Dominic Thiem on Sunday.
Nadal, who first won the French Open at 18 years old, is the first singles player to win 12 singles titles at one Grand Slam event, passing Margaret Court’s 11 Australian Open titles.
Nadal collapsed on the court in jubilation after his victory and covered his shirt in red clay. He has won three consecutive French Open titles. “It was a dream to play here for the first time in 2005,” Nadal said in his on-court interview. “I never thought in 2019 I’d still be here. It’s an incredible moment and very special for me.”
Nadal is only two titles shy of tying Roger Federer for the most career major wins. Federer has 20 titles.
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