Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Brooke Harris

Roger Federer hails Nadal's French Open achievement

Roger Federer hails Nadal's French Open achievement

According to ESPN, Nadal is now the first player in the Open era, male or female, to win the same Grand Slam tournament 11 times. He pounded huge serves that topped 135 miles per hour - about 25 miles per hour better than Nadal's fastest - and translated into seven aces but also had five double faults.

"Earlier in the tournament during (Robin) Haase against (David) Goffin they said "no you're not allowed any treatment, you have got to get on and play with it".

But, at 4-5, Thiem's serve let him down badly, handing Nadal three set points.

Rafa Nadal said that he is not obsessed with Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slams. They did just that, becoming the first pair of ATP and WTA No 1s to both win the title at Roland Garros since Jim Courier and Monica Seles in 1992.

Still, it is rather remarkable how Nadal, a French Open champion yet again a week past his 32nd birthday, and Federer, who turns 37 in less than two months, seem to stay forever young.

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After the victory - which saw Nadal claim his 17th Grand Slam title in total, just three behind Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 - social media was quick to laud the 32-year-old's staggering achievement. Of those 20, the Spaniard only won one by hitting a victor.

The punishment continued, with Thiem by now looking up to his coach and shrugging as another forehand whistled past him.

Thiem dug in - especially in the roughly 13-minute sixth game - but he crumbled attempting to stay in the set, making four unforced errors.

It was a cloudy and steamy afternoon, with the temperature at 77 degrees (24 Celsius) and the humidity approaching 70 percent. Despite all, he returned and wrapped up the final with 6-2 win in the third set.

"I was not able to move the hand, the finger", Nadal said.

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"He's very aggressive, with big shots", Nadal said in halting French before switching to English.

There was late anxiety for Nadal as the predicted thunderstorms loomed and he needed his left forearm massaged after beginning to suffer from cramp. Now the 11-time French Open champion dropped just one set in seven matches played at the event - to Argentina's Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-final.

Shortly after, he'd be holding the silver trophy, the one he knows so well, and crying. The Spaniard's 11th Monte Carlo title and his eighth Rome title were his 31st and 32nd Masters titles, respectively, breaking a tie with Djokovic, who has won 30.

The crowd responded at the mention of 2005, initially offering polite applause. The crescendo rose to a full-throated roar for 2017.

"I would love to be playing in as many places as possible, but you understand I need to check how I feel in the next couple of days", Nadal said. "But here we are".

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