Rafa reigns at Roland Garros for 12th time


Rafael Nadal proved once again he is an irresistible force of nature at the French Open, beating Austrian Dominic Thiem in yesterday's final 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in Paris.

The 33-year-old Spaniard has won the championship a record 12 times and is the first tennis player, male or female, to win the same Grand Slam on a dozen occasions.

He has 18 Slams in total, just two behind his great rival Roger Federer's all-time haul of 20. 

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 10, 2019, with the headline 'Rafa reigns at Roland Garros for 12th time'. Print Edition | Subscribe