Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sport | By Billy Aguilar

Rafael Nadal Wins The French Open 2018

Rafael Nadal Wins The French Open 2018

His lead was reminiscent of their semifinal at the French Open a year ago, when Nadal also held the early advantage. The victory moves Nadal to 86-2 at the clay court slam. If possible, it burns even brighter on the red dirt now.

Nadal -5.5 games is available on the Exchange at [1.68] and given the fact that Nadal has tended to dominate Thiem on non-quick clay, this should be a very likely outcome if Nadal wins the final.

Thirteen years and 17 Grand Slam titles along, with Nadal aged 32 years and one week, still, nobody has ever said anything any truer. He caused a sensation in Rome previous year by handing the Spaniard the first defeat of his clay season. After serving a fault, Nadal took the unusual step of heading to the sideline in the middle of a game. But as Nadal's uncle, Toni Nadal, said shortly afterwards, "this is not normal".

But the best laid plans have been ground to earth by Nadal.

Uncle Toni, no longer his nephew's coach but back in his customary seat on the end of the players' box, two seats down from the current coach, Carlos Moya, summed it up perfectly.

Nadal, however, averted danger with a pass after dragging Thiem in with a deft drop-shot. For most of his straight-set win over Dominic Thiem in the Roland Garros final, he did just that.

That September, he was crowned US Open champion for the second time in his career following a four-set win over Djokovic.

Still, Nadal was able to complete the job on court Philippe-Chatrier. A forehand long. Just like that, Nadal was off on a five-game run that put him up 3-0 in the second set.

Despite there being a wave of momentum now carrying the Spaniard following such a deserved win over Thiem, Nadal's most hard task of the year is yet to come at Wimbledon.

Soderling's advice of being "really aggressive" and taking the game away from Nadal may be sound, but it is nearly impossible to put into practice. I played my best match of the tournament, it's unbelievable and I'm very happy'.

Once he was a set up, Nadal continued the pummel Thiem with his heavy groundstrokes.

The victory over the Austrian took him to within three of great rival Roger Federer's Slam haul of 20.

Diego Schwartzman has come closest this fortnight to become the third man to beat Nadal in Paris.

Only Rafael Nadal truly knows what he saw reflected when he glanced into the belly of the big silver bowl, but as he pressed his 11th French Open championship trophy against his cheek, his face began to crumple. Like Nadal so often is.

After Simona Halep won a maiden grand slam in the women's singles yesterday, what chance does Dominic Thiem have this afternoon of making it a weekend of first-timers?

But if you think it's going to be a simple Sunday stroll for Nadal to get this 11th French Open title, consider that his opponent is a fitting foe on the final stage.

Having been there, done that so often, Nadal, meanwhile, followed the usual script to perfection.

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