Rafael Nadal admits he thought he would have retired by now

Tuesday, 12 Jun, 2018

Nadal, who now has 11 French Open titles, dropped only one set in seven matches played at Roland Garros this year - against Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-final.

Nadal's 11th title takes his grand slam tally to 17 and even at 32, despite the miles in his legs, who is going to stop him making it 12 in a year's time?

Sunday's result marks the sixth consecutive Grand Slam won by either Nadal or 20-time major champion Roger Federer.

Rafael Nadal needed less than a set to take command of the French Open final, and he overcame a late problem with his racket-holding hand to earn a record-extending 11th championship at Roland Garros by beating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday.

But Nadal roared into the 2017 Australian Open final, losing to Federer, then captured his record 10th French Open crown in June previous year, setting the stage for another title run in the Flushing Meadows fortnight at the US Open in September.

Paris - If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he'd have to amend his belief that death and taxes are life's only certainties and add a third - Rafael Nadal winning the French Open.

"So coming back and having the chance to win in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome, and now especially here, it's very emotional for me".

"Let me enjoy this title".

Nadal will look to capture his 18th Grand Slam title next month at Wimbledon.

The first set of the match was competitive. Nadal's introduction included a year-by-year accounting of every time he'd already won the French Open.

"Difficult for me to think about it now", Nadal said.

Such is their dominance that former world number one Marat Safin, a two-time major victor, told reporters at the French Open that he would not be surprised to see Nadal and Federer "play until they are 40".

"Last year I felt that I had a good opportunity to go far in the tournament".

"So I am not much anxious about the future. Of course, I have ambition, I have passion for what I am doing, but I never have been insane about all this kind of stuff", Nadal told a news conference.

"Now I have to come back to speak with my team and decide what's better for my body".

"I'd like to dedicate this victory to Jana Novotna", said Krejcikova in honor of her compatriot and 1998 Wimbledon champion who died of cancer in November a year ago at age 49.

However, he fell to a third successive straight-set defeat by the Spaniard at the French Open.

In the women's draw, Halep has eased the pressure on her shoulders after finally winning a first Grand Slam after losing her first three finals.

"You can't be always frustrated if somebody has more money than you, has a bigger house than you, has more Grand Slams than you". In the other semi-final, Marco Cecchinato's odd run in the last two weeks was ended by Dominic Thiem, also in straight sets, although the first two sets were somewhat closer than anything Del Potro could muster.