Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open tennis tournament title after winning his men's final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. When I first played here in 2005 I never thought I would be still playing here in 2019.
Nadal won the French Open for 12 times in 15 years. "The it will probably never be more that a will win twelve Times in a Grand Slam tournament as Nadal", said Dominic Thiem. After Madrid and Barcelona, I was thinking about what I needed to do. You can not be happy like that - I don't like the frustration.
Between 2005-2008, Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer had forged a great rivalry at Roland Garros, playing in the semi-final in 2005 and three straight finals in the following years, with Nadal emerging as a victor in all of those encounters to establish his Parisian supremacy.
Corretja told Eurosport: "I have just spoken to Rafa and he looked very calm, he said it was crucial he broke back in the first set and got ahead".
"Honestly, the last two years that I played in Wimbledon, I felt close again".
Federer managed to outplay Nadal in the winners department although that proved not to be enough, spraying nearly 60 unforced errors and missing a chance to at least force the fifth set and push Rafa to the limits.
"I was very close to being in the quarter-finals, and previous year I was one point away from that final".
Austrian Thiem, ranked fourth in the world but still without a Grand Slam title, is now 25. Puerta was the first player to lose to Nadal in a French Open men's singles title in 2005.
"I don't know if it was her mistake or if it was only the mistake of the officials, but I don't know if she saw me or if she saw that somebody's in the room", he said after beating Gael Monfils to reach the last 16.
"I was too negative". He said: "You can't be frustrated all the time because the neighbour has a bigger house than you, or a bigger TV or a better garden".
"It's a motivation, but it's not my obsession".
"It's not what makes me get up every morning or go and train and play". I think [he is mentally ready].
In an awesome statistic, Nadal's 12 French Open titles alone would place him fourth all-time in grand slam men's singles titles won. Given his latest injury concerns, plus form that was perhaps beneath his own immeasurable standards, Nadal's latest Roland Garros triumph is one of his finest.
His injuries have also given Nadal, who secured his 82nd career title and 950th match win, fresh perspective that his longevity at the top has a finite lifespan.
Federer managed to avoid longer rallies in his games but Rafa spoiled his plans after creating the gap in the shortest points up to four strokes, overpowering his rival by a slim margin in the more extended exchanges as well to secure the win.