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PHOTOS/VIDEO: Rafael Nadal won his 12th Roland Garros title!
Rafael Nadal bt. Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1
PARIS (Reuters) - Defying the years and one of the most fierce onslaughts he has ever faced at Roland Garros, Rafa Nadal won his 12th French Open crown on Sunday, leaving Dominic Thiem crushed and a packed Parisian stadium shaking their heads in wonder.
The 33-year-old Nadal, who becomes the first player to win the same Grand Slam title 12 times, going past Margaret Court’s 11 Australian Opens, now sits two major titles behind his opponent and men’s Grand Slam title record holder, 37-year-old Roger Federer.
“It’s incredible. I can’t explain the feeling,” Nadal told the crowd.
“For me it was a dream to play here in 2005 and I could not imagine I would be back here in 2019. It’s a very special moment for me.
“I want to say congratulations to Dominic. I feel sorry... he deserves it. He has absolute intensity and passion for this sport. I wish him all the best for the future.”