Spain's Rafael Nadal and his love for Coupe des Mousquetaires has to be one of the most beautiful and inspiring stories around in the world of sports. On Sunday, 33-year old Nadal beat Austria's Dominic Thiem to clinch his 18th Grand Slam title and 12th at Roland Garros. No one really comes close to the king of clay and we would have to probably go back to the 90s to find that out.
The 2019 French Open had many moments to talk about. Plenty of Tennis records were shattered. So here, we'll take a look at five most iconic moments from this year's French Open.
Nadal's 12th Crown in Paris
A legend and still a mystery! He's an unmatched sports icon who is much like a Demi-God! There were noises whether someone or whether anyone has what it takes to beat Nadal. To which, the King of clay responded - "NOT THIS TIME".
The Return of Federer
The 20-time Grand Slam Champion Roger Federer made a comeback at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015. His courtplay was as sound as any teenager with more class. Federer’s journey ended as he lost the semi-final to his long-time rival and the eventual winner, Rafael Nadal.
First-ever from Dodig-Chan
Ivan Dodig & Latisha Chan went on to defend their Mixed Doubles title at Roland Garros. In the process, they also became the first team in Open Era to successfully defend the Roland Garros title.
History for the German Pair
In the Men's Doubles, the unseeded duo of Andreas Mies and Kevin Krawietz who also featured in this edition of Tata Open Maharashtra, won their first Grand Slam title. Mies & Krawietz are also the first German team ever to win a Grand Slam title. What a fairytale tournament they've had in a thrilling ride.
Karlovic - The beast
The Tata Open Maharashtra's Men's Singles runner-up Ivo Karlovic also had a fair share of record to his name during the 2019 French Open. The 40 year old Croatian won his opening round against F. Lopez and became the oldest player to win a match at Roland Garros since Torben Ulrich (44) in 1973.