Nadal has no 'obsession' to hunt down Federer tally

12 June, 2018, 01:40 | Author: Anita Tucker
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Sunday at the French Open sees Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem take to the courts in the men's singles final, and our tennis columnist, Dan Weston, is back to preview the encounter.

The dust will hardly have settled on Nadal's record-extending 11th Roland Garros title achieved with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 defeat of Austrian Dominic Thiem before the demolition teams move in to start ripping out chunks of the old concrete.

Rafael Nadal says he is hungry for more grand slam titles but has no "obsession" over matching or surpassing Roger Federer's tally off 20 after winning the French Open for an 11th time.

Thiem stayed with him for the better part of a set, before Nadal pulled away for a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory and his 11th championship at Roland Garros.

For Thiem, playing in his first Slam final, it was a tremendous letdown for a player who is the only man to have beaten the Spaniard on clay in the last two years.

Rafael Nadal, who has been rewriting history books since his first triumph at the 2005 French Open, won his eleventh title at Roland Garros on Sunday to add another record to his name. But after, the Spaniard was imperious.

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When Thiem sent a return long on a fifth match point, Nadal raised his arms in celebration.

There was late anxiety for Nadal as the predicted thunderstorms loomed and he needed his left forearm massaged after beginning to suffer from cramp.

Ramos is now in Russian Federation with the Spanish squad as they prepare for the World Cup, but took time out to tweet in Spanish, hailing Nadal for his "dynasty on clay", calling him a "tennis legend" and "sporting hero".

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. "I was very scared".

When the trainer visited Nadal in his quarterfinal for a similar issue, Nadal said it was simply to prevent sweat from traveling to his hand.

Sunday's victory took Nadal's grand slam total to 17, three behind Roger Federer.

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"I'm just glad I'm not playing today", said Rosewall in a nod to the raw power of Nadal. Thiem making unforced errors.

"I think everybody can stop talking about it now". "The watch keeps going always", Nadal said.

Following his French Open win a year ago, Nadal looked like setting up another SW19 final with Federer, only to crash out in the fourth round to Luxembourg's Gilles Muller in a five-set thriller.

Midway through the opening set, Nadal's aqua T-shirt was so soaked with sweat it stuck to him, so he changed into a fresh one at a changeover, drawing catcalls from spectators. His only loss on the surface this year had come to Thiem in Madrid.

Thiem however was able to hold serve regularly and had a chance to get back on serve but his break chance at 2-4 evaporated when Nadal hit a sublime drop shot, then passing shot.

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