Rafa reigns at Roland Garros for 12th time

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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