Nikki (nakeisha) wrote,

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French Open 2019

The last two weeks have been spent watching the French Open. Once again overall it was very enjoyable.

It culminated yesterday afternoon with the men's final which turned out to be a repeat of the 2018 final: Rafa vs. Dominic Thiem. To my delight the result was also the same: Rafa won.

This is his 12th title at the French Open making him the first player in the history of the game to win 12 times at the same slam - quite the feat. It also brings his overall grand slam titles to 18 (two behind Roger Federer). And in all honesty really does cement his title of 'King of Clay' as well as one of the greatest tennis players of all time.

It was a very good match and the first two sets were split and were very close, closer really than the 6:3, 7:5 scoreline says. However, clearly Rafa didn't 'approve' of Thiem taking a set off of him *g* (the first one he has taken at the French Open in three previous attempts) as he came back and pretty much ran away with the match winning both sets three and four 6:1.

Thiem was still, at times at least, playing high quality tennis and he had his chances to break Rafa. However, he also had the air of a beaten man, plus he had been on court for four days in a row thanks to the weather and his five set semi final against Djokovic was a much harder fight and took longer to complete than Rafa's three set win over Federer. That said, Rafa did what he does tend to so, slid up a gear and started to really find the lines with laser precision.

It was a very well deserved win and I am, naturally, delighted. Next stop: Wimbledon.

Rafa FO
Tags: tennis, tennis: french open, tennis: french open 2019, tennis: rafa

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