Paris (AFP) – French Open headlines and top quotes on Sunday, the 15th and final day of the 2018 tournament:
+ Nadal beats Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in men’s final
+ 11th French Open title for the Spaniard
+ Thiem well-beaten in first Grand Slam final
Who’s saying what
“To win 11 times here — it’s fantastic and not something I ever dreamed of.”
— Rafael Nadal tries to take in the achievement of winning his 11th Roland Garros crown.
“I am 32, that’s how I feel. No, no, you can’t fight against age and you can’t fight against the watch. The watch keeps going always.”
— Nadal when asked how long he will keep playing.
“I had tough moment in the third set with cramps in my hand. I was very scared but that’s sport — it was very humid.”
— The great Spaniard did have a scare midway through the third set when he needed treatment on his finger.
“Physically I enjoyed more watching him on the couch.”
— Dominic Thiem jokes that it was easier watching Nadal’s French Open finals from home as a child rather than facing him on court.
“Congratulations on winning your 11th title at @rolandgarros, @RafaelNadal! And for continuing to make history while being an example on and off the court.”
— Champions League winners Real Madrid congratulate Nadal on Twitter.
“The legend continues… @RafaelNadal @rolandgarros #11.”
— Six-time Grand Slam champion Boris Becker.
“Dream run continues! Well done, @RafaelNadal, on winning yet another @rolandgarros title, despite an injury scare towards the end.”
— Legendary Indian cricket batsman Sachin Tendulkar.
17 — Grand Slam titles for Nadal, just three fewer than great rival Roger Federer.
42 — unforced errors made by Thiem in the final as he stuttered at crucial moments.