Rafael Nadal became the first person to win 12 Roland Garros Singles titles after defeating Dominic Thiem. He successfully defended his trophy after a dominant performance in the tournament final.
Nadal faced a little resistance from Thiem in the first two sets of the match. Thiem even levelled the game 1-1 by winning the second set. However, Nadal went on to defeat the Austrian 6-1, 6-1 in the next two sets to break his own record of being an 11-time Champion.
Nadal was always the favourite to win the tournament. However, Thiem’s performance in the last two matches made it seem like he will be a tough competition for Nadal in Roland Garros final rematch.
Highlights – Dominic Thiem vs Rafael Nadal
During the second set, it almost looked like he could make a comeback in the match. But Nadal unleashed the beast within and registered his historic win at Philippe-Chatrier.
Here’s how social media reacted to Rafael Nadal – ‘King of Clay’
— Rod Laver
And the King of Clay reigns again! Congrats, Rafa on winning 12th French Open Men’s singles title and 18th Grandslam title overall.
— Sowkya Sadhepalli (@sowky7) June 9, 2019
“He is going to win Roland garros for 40 straight years. He’ll be 65 and still win it”
– Almagro during 2008 RG Q/F against Rafael Nadal..! He is already halfway there…#RafaelNadal #FrenchOpen2019 pic.twitter.com/cNbYYtBdHC
— Nivedha ramdoss (@nivedhaacp) June 9, 2019
— Bev Gribble (@BevGribble) June 9, 2019
Nadal’s record 12 victories at the #FrenchOpen “is clearly one of the most remarkable achievements in the history of sports.” #GOAT #12 #RafaelNadal #12RolandGarros #FrenchOpenFinal #NadalGarros #NadalThiem https://t.co/BM4qIsFhid
— Iván (@ivanedlm) June 9, 2019
— Sebastian Roché (@sebroche) June 9, 2019
Youngest to complete CGS
Only player to win a grand slam for 10 consecutive years
One of three men to win a GS in his teens ,20s and 30s
Only player to have 400+ wins on both hard and clay courts
Only player to win a grand slam on 3 different surfaces in a year#RafaelNadal
— Arnav Singh (@Arnavv43) June 3, 2019
— Nalla Ramanathan (@RamanathanNalla) June 9, 2019
Once #Nadal makes it to a #RolandGarros final, don’t bother, he is winning it. Congrats #RafaelNadal on your 12th title #RG19
To #Thiem you had a good run and surely you will win this trophy sooner than you think.
— Afumuzor (@BelovedDauta) June 9, 2019