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Roger Federer's record is not my obsession, says Rafael Nadal

7 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Tennis  
Paris: Rafael Nadal insists he is not obsessed with beating Roger Federer's record of 20 Grand Slams, claiming "you can't be frustrated all the time because your neighbour has a bigger house than you or a bigger TV or better garden". Nadal swept to an historic 12th Roland Garros title with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Austria's Dominic Thiem on Sunday. That took him to 18 majors, just two behind Federer. At 33, Nadal is the best part of five years younger than the Swiss veteran but with a career blighted by injuries, he refuses to target the all-time record. Nadal's way of life"That's not the way that I see the life," said the Spaniard. "It's a motivation, yes, but it's not my obsession. It's not what makes me get up every morning or go and train and play." Roger Federer Nadal's caution is well-founded. By his own estimates, his career-long battles against knee and wrist injuries have cost him "around 15 or even more Grand Slams". In the aftermath of his latest Roland Garros trium..
                 

King Rafael Nadal wins 12th French Open title

8 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Tennis  
Rafael Nadal swept to an historic 12th Roland Garros title and 18th Grand Slam crown yesterday with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 victory over Austria's Dominic Thiem. Nadal, 33, becomes the first player, man or woman, to win the same Slam 12 times after seeing off a brave challenge from a weary Thiem in a repeat of the 2018 final. Nadal is now just two behind Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 majors. The World No. 2 two also took his Paris record to an astonishing 93 wins and just two losses. 'Feel sorry for Thiem'"I want to say congratulations to Dominic. I feel sorry as he deserves to win it as well. But he has every chance in the future. He has unbelievable talent and I want to encourage him," said Nadal. "It's a dream to win again, an incredible moment. When I first played here in 2005, I never thought I'd still be playing in 2019. It's very special for me." Rafael Nadal falls to the ground after winning the French Open final against Dominic Thiem yesterday Sunday's triumph confirmed t..
                 

'Special and unique'

10 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Tennis  
Defending champion Rafael Nadal powered past Roger Federer in the French Open semi-finals yesterday, to move within one victory of a record-extending 12th Roland Garros title after handing his "biggest rival" his worst Grand Slam defeat in 11 years. Nadal, 33, produced a masterful performance to get past Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in the last four on Court Philippe Chatrier and set up a final clash with either World No. 1 Novak Djokovic or Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem on Sunday. It will be Nadal's 12th appearance in the championship match, which he has never lost before. "In front [of me was] probably my biggest rival in my career with all the story that we shared together," said Nadal. Rafael Nadal "So that always makes the match a little bit more special and unique." The third seed now has an stunning 92-2 win-loss record on the Paris clay, having beaten Federer for the sixth time in as many French Open meetings despite difficult, windy conditions. Difficult to control"This court ca..
                 

French Open: Novak Djokovic big test vs Dominic Thiem

10 days ago  
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Novak Djokovic reached his ninth Roland Garros semi-final yesterday, sweeping past Alexander Zverev to keep his bid to become just the second man to hold all four Slams at the same time twice firmly on track. Top seed and World No. 1 Djokovic won 7-5, 6-2, 6-2 and will face Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem today in what will be his 35th Grand Slam semi-final. Thiem reached the semi-finals for a fourth successive year with a 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 victory against Russian 10th seed Karen Khachanov. Alexander Zverev 'Hit the ball cleanly'"It was a big challenge for me today but I was hitting the ball more cleanly," said Djokovic. "It's a great joy to be in the semi-finals again." The problem for Djokovic now in his pursuit of a second title in Paris and 16th major is the weather. Heavy rain is forecast to hit Paris again today after Wednesday's washout. "I just have to keep my concentration and stay in the moment. I hope to continue like this," said the Serb. Top seeds enter Last FourThe other s..
                 

French Open: Roger Federer feels 'there's always a chance' to beat Rafael Nadal

12 days ago  
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Roger Federer insisted that "there's always a chance" as he looks to finally beat old rival Rafael Nadal at the French Open after five previous defeats, eight years since their last Roland Garros meeting. The 37-year-old had not even played the tournament since 2015 before this year, but powered into his eighth French Open semi-final with a 7-6 (7/4), 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-4 victory over Stan Wawrinka on Tuesday. Nadal thrashed Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 to claim his 91st win at Roland Garros, against just two defeats. But despite losing all five of his French Open meetings against Nadal, including in four finals, and trailing their head-to-head record on clay 13-2, Federer still holds hope that he can achieve another milestone in his illustrious career. "Like against any player, there is always a chance. Otherwise nobody will be in the stadium to watch because everybody already knows the result in advance," said the 20-time Grand Slam champion. "That's exactly what everybody believes by ..