Nadal captures 12th-career French Open title

Rafael Nadal wins his third consecutive title at Roland Garros, and his eight title this decade

Brayton Wilson
June 10, 2019 - 6:28 am

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Rafael Nadal continues his reign as the "King of Clay" with his 12th-career win at the French Open on Sunday at Stade Roland Garros in Paris, France.

Nadal won his third consecutive French Open with a four-set win (6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1) over Austria's Dominic Thiem, who gave Nadal a good run at the start of the match. However, after losing the second set, Nadal ended up pulling away and taking the title rather easily. The matchup was a rematch of last year's French Open, which Nadal also won in straight sets.

For Nadal, the title is his 12th title since 2005, and his eighth title in the last decade. The win also gives Nadal his 18th career grand slam title, which is two back of Roger Federer for the all-time mark.

The second-ranked tennis player in the world reached the French Open final after defeating Federer in straight sets in the semifinals on Friday.

As for Thiem, the fourth-ranked player in the world is still searching for his first grand slam title. He defeated top-ranked player Novak Djokovic in the semifinal round to advance to just his second-career grand slam final.

On the women's side, eighth-ranked player Ashleigh Barty captured her first-career grand slam title with a straight sets win over unranked 19-year-old Markéta Vondroušová from the Czech Republic.

The 23-year-old cruised to victory over Vondroušová in the French Open Final with a 6-1, 6-3 win on Saturday. She earned her way to the final with wins over three Americans along the way, defeating Sofia Kenin in the Round of 16, Madison Keys in the quarterfinals, and 17-year-old Amanda Anisimova in the semifinals.

The next grand slam tennis major starts on July 1 with the 2019 Wimbledon Championships at the All England Tennis Club in London, England.

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