Though it seems like crossing mountains to win the title at this age, there is no aim to step away from the Coupe des Mousquetaires, the trophy that is given to the winner at the French Open for the men’s singles title. Rafael Nadal has taken enduring ownership of it, biting down on the handle and hoisting it high for the 11th time after beating Dominic Thiem on Sunday in the final.
Almost instantaneously after last return by Thiem had flown long, the crowd in the longstanding press room of the tournament inside the Philippe Chatrier Court was distributing colored markers and hard hats to journalists and others for their destruction party.
It will be a fresh epoch at the greatest clay-court tournament of the world, but given how Nadal defeated a commendable opponent on Sunday from the next generation, it might be no shock if he repeated the same stunt again.
Being 32, he was in the top form in opposition to Thiem, a 24-year-old Austrian who had defeated Nadal 3 times on clay. On the other hand, Thiem has never defeated Nadal in a best-of-five-set match. Nadal was well known of the danger and he was ferocious and focused from the beginning.
Nadal was a genius who has stayed phenomenal. While he has won 6 out of his 17 titles for Grand Slam singles on other grounds, he is to Michael Phelps on the clay. “If you would have told me, 7–8 Years back, that I will be holding this trophy at the age of 32-years with me again, I would have said that it is something almost next to impossible,” Nadal claimed to the media in an interview.
On the other hand, tournament director Guy Forget claimed that Serena Williams and Rafael Nadal got special treatment by bosses of French Open