Roger Federer hails Nadal's French Open achievement

Roger Federer hails Nadal's French Open achievement

Nadal, who now has 11 French Open titles, dropped only one set in seven matches played at Roland Garros this year - against Argentine Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-final.

The clay-court specialist from Spain raced to a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory in two hours and 42 minutes over his younger Austrian rival and first-time major finalist on a warm, humid Sunday afternoon in France's capital, Paris.

Having successfully defended his French Open title, Rafael Nadal began his 177th week at the top position as the latest ATP World Rankings got released on Monday, June 11, 2018.

Ahead of his return to tennis action, Roger Federer revealed he would like to "have a battle" with Rafael Nadal once again at the French Open.

"There is a lot of talk of me not being able to play five sets, not being able to play long matches".

The mayor said the plaque will be displayed in a yet-to-be-decided sports facility, and praised Nadal as both a human being and a champion.

Nadal will have Federer's record of 20 Grand Slams in his sights, and will be hoping to challenge the Swiss at Wimbledon at the start of July.

Nadal had a brief moment of weakness in the first set, when the 24-year-old Austrian broke him in the third game.

The 32-year-old won it all in Barcelona and the Masters 1000 events in Monte Carlo and Rome before he once again conquered Roland Garros.

Following his victory on Sunday, Nadal told reporters that he isn't "crazy" about catching Federer on the all-time Grand Slam title list.


"Difficult for me to think about it now", Nadal said.

Australia's Margaret Court is the only other player to have won the same major - the Australian Open - 11 times.

"Winning 11 times is definitely one of the best things somebody ever achieved in sport".

While we have an edge here, I appreciate that backing a heavy odds-on shot isn't most people's cup of tea, so the game handicap should be a viable proposition.

Wawrinka is working his way back from knee surgery and lost in the first round at Roland Garros.

Nadal spent several months away from the tour after sustaining an injury at this years Australian Open and could, like Federer, decide that his long-term interests are best-served by sparing his body further punishment.

"For sure, me, I'm confident that this was not my last Grand Slam final, " Thiem said, "and that's my biggest goal: to get into the next one and then to do better than today".

However, he fell to a third successive straight-set defeat by the Spaniard at the French Open.

"Honestly, I never expected that one day I would play the finals here so I am still really happy".

For Thiem, playing in his first Slam final, it was a tremendous letdown for a player who is the only man to have beaten the Spaniard on clay in the last two years.

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