Nadal won’t target Federer Slam record

Florence Fletcher
June 15, 2019

Thiem came into the match having played for three consecutive days while Nadal was well rested after playing just once between last Tuesday and the final. So first of all, I have to get there.

Nadal at 33 is four years younger than Federer, so he definitely has time on his side when it comes to chasing Federer down.

For the first time, Nadal pulled to within two grand slams of Roger Federer, the man he eased past in their headline semifinal Friday. After Madrid and Barcelona, I was thinking about what I needed to do.

"It's unbelievable, I'm a little bit speechless".

"I don't think my inner happiness or my future will change if I equal Federer".

Nadal's Final Win record in Paris reads: in 2005, Mariano Puerta, 2006, 2007, 2008, Roger Federer, in 2010, Robin Soderling, against whom he in the previous year in the first round to one of his two (!) Defeats ever had in Paris conceded, 2011 Roger Federer in 2012 and Novak Djokovic in 2013, David Ferrer, 2014 Novak Djokovic, against whom he lost a year later, in the quarter-finals, 2017 Stan Wawrinka, 2018, 2019 Thiem. I have been very close to winning another title there. He played outstanding today, because especially in the first two sets I played very good tennis.

In his post-match interview, the world No. 2, who dropped only two sets en route to his 18th Grand Slam, admitted he "could not explain" such lofty statistics, saying: "My feeling for me is it is a dream". I think he has the possibility to win, and I want to hope that this year it will be possible.

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For the twelfth Time, Nadal was in the finals of Roland Garros, for the twelfth Time victor Nadal said.

By his own estimates, his career-long battles against knee and wrist injuries have cost him "around 15 or even more Grand Slams".

- Dominic Thiem said he had "forgotten" the freaky incident which had seen him booted out of a news conference to accommodate Serena Williams who he then accused of having "a bad personality".

"I was very close to being in the quarter-finals, and a year ago I was one point away from that final".

"I don't know if it was her mistake or if it was only the mistake of the officials, but I don't know if she saw me or if she saw that somebody's in the room", he said after beating Gael Monfils to reach the last 16. "The experience says that having the right preparation then, practicing well, and maybe a couple of matches, I don't know, before there". Rafa said: "You can not be thinking "one more" all the time, otherwise you are never happy". It's a motivation, yes, but.it's not what makes me get up every morning or go and train and play.

In the aftermath of his latest Roland Garros triumph, he admitted that after an injury-hit start to 2019, he felt "down mentally and physically" and questioned his love for the sport.

It also gave him an 82nd career title and 950th match win. Rafa has more titles to win.

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