Rafael Nadal Wins 12th French Open Championship Title

(PARIS) — For a few, fleeting moments Sunday, Rafael Nadal found his French Open supremacy seemingly threatened by Dominic Thiem, a younger, talented opponent challenging him in the final for the second consecutive year.

A poor game from Nadal allowed Thiem to break him and even things at a set apiece. That development brought fans to their feet in Court Philippe Chatrier, roaring and clapping and, above all, wondering: Was this, now, a real contest? Could Thiem push Nadal more? Could he make this surge last? Would Nadal falter?

That the questions arose at all was significant. The answers arrived swiftly. Nadal reasserted himself, as he usually does at Roland Garros, by grabbing 16 of the next 17 points and 12 of the remaining 14 games, pulling away to beat Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 for his record-extending 12th championship at the French Open.

“I gave everything I had,” Thiem said. “It’s amazing: 12 times here. It’s unreal.”

No one in tennis ever has won any major tournament that many times. Then again, no one ever has been as suited for success on any of the sport’s surfaces as this 33-year-old Spaniard is on red clay: Nadal is 93-2 for his career at Roland Garros, winning four in a row from 2005-08, five in a row from 2010-14, and now three in a row.

“I can’t explain my emotions,” said the No. 2-seeded Nadal, who dropped to his back after the final point, getting that rust-colored dirt all over his neon yellow shirt, then wiped away tears during the trophy ceremony.

Looking at the bigger picture, he is now up to 18 Grand Slam trophies, moving within two of Roger Federer’s men’s record of 20.

Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian who was seeded No. 4 and upset No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals, was eyeing his first major title in this rematch of the 2018 final in Paris. But again, he couldn’t solve Nadal.

“First thing that I want to say is congrats to Dominic. I feel sorry, because he deserves it here, too,” Nadal said. “He has an unbelievable intensity.”

So, of course, does Nadal. This had been, by his lofty standards, a rough season, from the most lopsided Grand Slam final loss of his career — against Djokovic at the Australian Open — to entering May without a title for the first year since 2004.

He started to right himself by taking the title on clay in Rome last month, then found himself in a familiar position in Paris: playing in the final, and winning it.

This one began on a cloudy afternoon, with the temperature in the low 60s (mid-teens Celsius) and only a slight breeze. In the initial game — interrupted briefly by a baby wailing in the stands, drawing a laugh from other spectators and prompting Nadal to back away from the baseline between serves — three of the five points lasted at least 11 strokes.

And, thereby, a pattern was established: By the end of the 3-hour, 1-minute match, a total of 46 points went 10 strokes or more. Each man claimed half.

Both would station themselves along the baseline and sprint, scramble, slide, stretch to somehow reach just about every ball, not merely putting a racket on it but conjuring a booming reply. It was an impressive display of athleticism, skill and will, with Thiem managing to give just as good as he got, particularly with his ferocious backhand.

From the get-go, it was such a physical grind that Nadal was soaked with sweat and changed neon yellow shirts after seven games and 45 minutes, eliciting catcalls from the stands.

Early on, there were no signs of fatigue for Thiem, even though he was competing for a fourth straight day, because of rain that jumbled the schedule. Nadal, meanwhile, entered Sunday having played just once in the previous four days.

Not only that, but while Nadal dismissed Federer with relative ease in a straight-set semifinal that concluded Friday, Thiem was forced to work overtime, eliminating Djokovic in a five-setter that wrapped up less than 24 hours before the final began.

Thiem showed he can play defense. Showed he can flip to offense in a blink. Showed power off both sides. Showed precision, too, making only three of the match’s first 12 unforced errors.

Indeed, it was Thiem who nosed ahead first, closing a 12-stroke exchange by ripping a forehand to earn the first break point of the final, then converting it with an overhead to cap a 20-stroke point for a 3-2 edge. He turned with a clenched right hand to face his guest box, where all of his supporters were yelling and shaking fists, too, including his girlfriend, French tennis player Kristina Mladenovic, who won the women’s doubles championship earlier in the day.

Nadal immediately responded. He grabbed the next four games with elan, using a drop shot to help break for a 5-3 lead, then a serve-and-volley to help hold for the set.

That must have been demoralizing for Thiem. But at the ensuing changeover, he didn’t whack a ball toward the stands, as Federer memorably did during his semifinal loss. He didn’t spike a racket or kick a ball. He casually sat in his gray sideline seat, bounced his legs and chewed on an energy bar, furtively glancing to his left at Nadal.

Thiem bounced back, if only briefly. Talk about a stunning shift: Nadal won 25 of 26 points on his serve before — with spectators trading between-point chants of nicknames, “Ra-fa!” and “Do-mi!” — he got broken to cede the second set. That was the only set he’d managed to steal from Nadal in four career meetings at Roland Garros.

Maybe this was going to be a long one.

But Thiem, put simply, wilted a bit. He made three unforced errors in the next set’s opening game to get broken at love, creating an opening that Nadal barged through. By now, Nadal was creating magic at the net, and he won the point on 23 of 27 times he went forward. One drop volley was spun so marvelously that it landed on Thiem’s side, then bounced back toward the net. All Thiem could do was watch — and offer an appreciative thumbs-up.

Soon enough, it was over. The King of Clay, as Nadal is known, still reigns.

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Your HelloGiggles horoscope, May 12th to May 18th: Sudden relationship changes ahead

We start the week on a passionate note—this is a time of deep grounding and empowerment for everyone. As I told you before, this Taurus season is all about self-care, self-love, empowerment of the self, and questioning our values and our worth. And this week, we’re really getting to the bottom of it with Venus entering Taurus with a bright conjunction to Uranus.

First of all, you can expect sudden changes in relationships. But the changes will be more symbolic. On a collective level, we’re all being pushed to relate in new ways, to others and to ourselves, to be more authentic, freer of expectations, and choosing growth over comfort. So that’s what the sudden changes are all about.

We end the week with a Scorpio full moon that is going to rock the boat in all relationships. This is the end of a cycle initiated in March—we can now breathe, so much wiser and healthier.

Let’s take a look at the weekly horoscope for each sun sign. Don’t forget to check your rising sign if you know it.

ARIES

Expect your relationships, and relating patterns in general, to be completely wiped out this week. You’re making space for a much freer, more authentic, and carefree version of yourself. All hell shall break loose!

TAURUS

Huge spiritual shifts are happening for you this week, Taurus. You have a golden opportunity to experience soul elevation, and you’re growing into your higher self. This week is all about opening your heart to compassion, kindness, and forgiveness, and this is going to be playing out mostly in your personal and business relationships. Take note of your dreams.

GEMINI

This week is focused on healing for you, Gemini. You’re plunging into the depths of your subconscious and being called to do a lot of self-exploration, an activity that will reach a peak for the full moon on Saturday. Remember to be kind to yourself, as change comes through acceptance.

CANCER

You have been working hard at your job, Cancer, and that is paying off this week not only in terms of career advancement and achievements, but also in the sense that you’re really getting to know and feel what makes you passionate. You’re being pushed to follow your heart, professionally and else. It’s a week focused on creativity and passion.

LEO

Work, work, work—your head has been focused on achievements, recognition, and praise, but this week, you’re going to get rebalanced on the opposite pole: validating yourself, and focusing on what’s going on emotionally inside you; finding out what you truly need as opposed to what looks good or what will give you popularity. Nest up and retreat within.

VIRGO

Your world has been shaken upside down for the last months, Virgo, and this week is kind of the climax of this energy. You signed up for an intellectual revolution—you must have noticed by now that truth and truths are different; a lot of your beliefs might have been shifted, and if that’s not the case yet, well, buckle up, because this week is about to bring just that.

LIBRA

Do I even need to say it? Yes, Libra, it’s about relationships this week, big surprise I know, but here is the tweak: This week for you is about confronting your feelings of worthiness and how they shape your relationships. You’re confronting whether or not you’re aware of your value(s) and whether or not your (potential) partner is aligned with them. A lot of it has to do with security—comfort vs. growth, known vs. unknown—and you can expect swift revelations and changes in relationships. Note, though, that it’s also a week that could shake up your financial situation as much as your relationship situation and, potentially, both could be linked.

SCORPIO

You can expect new beginnings and a focus on relationships this week, Scorpio. You’re at a time of self-improvement, and the work you’ve been doing on yourself is allowing you to enjoy a different energy in your relationships. Be careful not to be too hard on yourself—the goal isn’t perfection, and if you remain too much in your head, you can sabotage your efforts. Remind yourself to be connected to your body.

SAGITTARIUS

You’re swimming in deep waters this week, Sagittarius. You’re offered the chance to plunge into the depths of your psyche, and it could feel blissful or utterly confusing depending on how comfortable you are with this process. Love is still very much on the program for you this week, but you might find yourself choosing fun over soul work—be aware of your choices this week.

CAPRICORN

This week is social for you, Capricorn. It’s all about friendships and exploring hobbies and activities. It’s a nice break in your serious/all-work attitude, and you could find yourself exploring new horizons and being more spontaneous than usual. Enjoy it!

AQUARIUS

Serious breakthroughs in your career this week, Aquarius. You have a lot of mental energy to dedicate, and it’s paying off. Good idea to do things like journaling and running; you might feel a bit of mental pressure this week and could use some mental or physical exercise to blow off steam.

PISCES

This week might feel like a divine intervention for you, Pisces. A lot of the energy is about valuing yourself and loving yourself, and this persistent focus you have had on worthiness and value is paying off: your beliefs are changing, your perception is changing, and this is allowing more abundance and love into your life. A fun program for you that is the fruit of the last months’ efforts.

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