Paris: With every French Open title comes another remarkable record for Rafael Nadal. When Nadal beat a weary Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 on the court he has owned since a teen, the Spaniard became the first player to ever win the same grand slam 12 times.
He moved one ahead of Margaret Court’s haul at the Australian Open which he matched a year ago by bettering the same Thiem in Paris.
So the term “King of Clay” just doesn’t do justice to the now 18-time grand slam champion anymore. The 33-year-old is from another tennis planet on clay.