Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Nadal, Halep 1st pair of No. 1 French Open champs since 1992

Nadal, Halep 1st pair of No. 1 French Open champs since 1992

Nadal's career title count, which is now fourth on the all-time list, behind Jimmy Connors (109), Federer (97), and Ivan Lendl (94), and ahead of John McEnroe (77), whose tally he equalled and then surpassed with titles this year in Barcelona and Rome, respectively.

No stranger to rewriting the record books along with his friendly rival, Roger Federer, here is another feat for the Spaniard: He joined Margaret Court in becoming the only tennis players in history to win the same grand slam 11 times. Now, six Slams later, Federer still keeps his lead at three.

Thiem was on the couch, watching on TV, in 2005, when Nadal earned his first Grand Slam trophy in Paris at age 19. "I was 11-years-old, watching it on TV and honestly I never expected that one day I would play the finals here so I am still really happy".

No, you can't be frustrated always if somebody has more money than you, if somebody have a bigger house than you, if somebody have more Grand Slams than you.

"You can't live with this feeling".

Nadal, however, averted danger with a pass after dragging Thiem in with a deft drop-shot.

"It was scary", he admitted. Nadal's had some challenges at Roland-Garros' championship stage over the years, but few athletes in any sport have ever been more acclimatized to a venue the way Nadal has owned the terra firma of Roland-Garros' grounds.

"You can't fight against age and you can't fight against the watch".

"If you tell me seven, eight years ago that I will be here. having this trophy with me again, I will tell you that is something nearly impossible", Nadal said.

"I came back from five months without playing a full tournament. Tennis is a very important part of my life, without a doubt, but is not everything".

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However, his recent record at the All England Club has been dispiriting.

Nadal threw his arms skywards and turned to his entourage including coach and fellow Mallorcan Carlos Moya and his uncle Toni, who stood down from his coaching role a year ago after his nephew worn his 10th French crown.

After four consecutive first round exits at his home major, Edmund secured his first main draw victory at Wimbledon past year.

Nick Kyrgios is set to play in his fifth singles tournament of the 2018 season this week in Germany.

"It is a drastic change from clay to grass". I want to enjoy the moment.

"But it's time to check how I feel in the next couple of days".

Rafael Nadal shakes hands with Dominic Thiem after winning the French Open.

Simona Halep's 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win against Sloane Stephens in Saturday's final in Paris made the No. 1-ranked Romanian the seventh female champion at the past seven majors.

"And I have learned in those 12 months that if you don't give up you're able to do anything".

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