Nadal wins record 12th French Open title over Thiem

Thiem played well for long periods but could not last the distance

Thiem played well for long periods but could not last the distance

It is vaster and more avant-garde, and perhaps it will become less crowded in the passageways as fans shuffle from match to match.

Zooming out from that closeup, Thiem's intrepid but ultimately unsuccessful effort to dethrone Nadal for the second straight year reflects the bigger picture we saw in Paris over the weekend. He has cemented his reputation and legacy year after year, duel after duel, rout after rout. Following Sunday's 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 win, and likely forever in collective memory, it is organically his.

To date, Andy Murray, Stan Wawrinka, Marin Cilic and Juan Martin Del Potro - all now over the age of 30 - are the only players other than Nadal, Djokovic and Federer to have won a Grand Slam title since the Spaniard won at Roland Garros in 2005.

The two finalists were well matched early on, playing one of the best opening sets in Grand Slam memory, before the Spaniard eventually took over in the third set.

"This is a very satisfying victory".

"So I just try to be positive, to be intense, and to be passionate about what I am doing". "It's very special for me".

Fifteen-time golf Major victor and former world No. 1 Tiger Woods tweeted: "The King of Clay does not like to share his wealth".

And the Austrian levelled the match when Nadal blinked all but again, hitting a backhand prolonged after a 10-shot rally.

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Looking only at grand slams won - more later on why that is not the only criterion for assessing greatest of all time (GOAT) credentials - Federer has held at least a three-slam lead over his great rival since July 2004.

Nadal's title on Sunday also means he is the outright leader in the men's and women's game in terms of total number of titles at a Grand Slam tournament, moving ahead of Margaret Court's tally of 11 Australian Open triumphs.

"It never gets boring, because every day plays different, every opponent plays different, every guy gives you different struggles", Federer said last week.

He said: "That's not the way that I see the life".

"Then I went to the bathroom". "You can't be frustrated all the time because the neighbour has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden. If that time comes, I will think about how I'll do even better next year". I feel very lucky about all the things that are happening to me.

"Tennis will always continue with great new stars".

"He said the speed and intensity in the first two sets was very hard, it was brutal conditions as well with long rallies and it was hard to breathe".

That couldn't happen as Nadal sailed through his service games easily to close the set with another powerful forehand in game nine, moving closer to the finish line and another title in Paris. "As everybody knows, I love to play on grass", said Nadal who added he will not play a warm-up event before Wimbledon. One month ago I didn't even know I would be here. So I will not play before Wimbledon.

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