Endless in view of the unparalleled dominance of Rafael Nadal after the 11th triumph of the French Open | Bleach report – tech2.org

Endless in view of the unparalleled dominance of Rafael Nadal after the 11th triumph of the French Open | Bleach report



  Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates winning the last men's match of the French Open tennis tournament against Dominican Dominic Thiem in three sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, France, Sunday, June 10, 2018. (AP Photo / Michel Euler)

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The ways of saying "wow" are exhausted, but Rafael Nadal continues to find ways to make this fresh and make his energy and electricity for anyone who is playing, let alone watching, on the clay courts of Roland Garros.

Nadal won his eleventh French Open on Sunday, defeating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Eleven French opens. Wow. Or maybe wow, wow, wow, 11 times more. Tennis races rarely last 11 years, and nobody wins the same important title 11 times. Nobody has done it until now. And next year, we'll point out that nobody won 12. And the next year? How many years will we continue to say the same?

Have you been paying attention? Nadal in clay could be the most incredible thing we have seen in sports. Not just tennis, where that is not even in debate. In any sport.

Usain Bolt and Michael Phelps may have something to say about it. That is fair. But its Olympic Games arrived once every four years. Nadal has had to do this year after year after year. He lost or retired playing during an injury. And once he lost clean against Novak Djokovic in the 2015 event.

In total, he has had three bad days in 13 years since his first French Open title in 2005, and one was a fluke.

Nadal is so dominant that the second best player in the world on clay, and the guy that many people think is the best player in the history of the sport, does not even bother to appear at the French Open. Roger Federer jumps to the French because the whole clay season is too tough, especially if it is not going to end with another great championship.

Federer has 20 majors and Nadal has 17, and apparently that great rivalry will only play further in Federer's terms. But this is not about the discussion of who is the best tennis player of all time. This is to celebrate Nadal in history.

  Nadal and Federer have 37 majors and they count among them.

Nadal and Federer have 37 majors and they count among them. Lintao Zhang / Getty Images

The Secretariat dominated the horse competing like no other, but that 1973 Triple Crown season lasted only several weeks. In the old days, UCLA basketball could not be defeated, but the players were changing, and in a team sport there is room for error. Michael Jordan?

You can not solve this here, but at least, Nadal in clay is there with the best.

"He is human," said John McEnroe on NBC just before the game. "As you get older, you start questioning, even him, when it's going to end."

It's true. But this could well have been the strongest French Open final ever played by Nadal, 32 years old. Thiem is the promising guy who is ready to win the big leagues, especially the French Open, if Nadal ever gets out of the way. Thiem, 24, had beaten Nadal on clay earlier this spring, but at the big moment, he tried to strengthen Nadal, and it was useless. He tried to attack Nadal's setback, and that was also useless.

The whole game was useless, and every time you looked up, Thiem had his hand on his hip or his eyes fixed on the line, wondering how Nadal did it. what he has just done.

Nadal has consolation in clay. But he has not been doing the same thing over and over again all these years.

Over 11 years, his hair and shorts have been shortened, his backside flat and heavier, his serve bigger, his style more aggressive. And somehow everything keeps growing.

  Rafael Nadal gesticulates as he sits next to La Coupe des Mousquetaires - The Musketeers & Trophy after defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria in his last individual men's match on the fifteenth day of the Roland Garros tennis tournament 2018 French Open in Paris

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In the old days, in the United States anyway, clay tennis was seen as a kind of trick. There was a clay style of having patience, patience and patience. Nadal used to play that way much more than now. He had incredible speed and footwork and, somehow, got more ball effect than any other player.

Throughout his career, he has thrown so much into every movement that he always looked like he was going to hurt himself and have a short career. . His body seemed degraded in many cases.

This would have been the natural moment in sports to deliver things to the next generation. Nadal was not ready. A few years ago, when he lost to Djokovic, it seemed that things had changed.

But I was not ready. A few years earlier, he suffered a knee injury when he lost to Robin Soderling at the French Open in 2009 and could not defend his Wimbledon title. It already seemed that his career was in danger.

But Nadal was not ready.

Still, you may want to see it next year in the French. Then he will turn 33, and that could be his last blow. It ended for Bolt, for Phelps, for Jordan.

It has to end some day for Nadal, too.

Is not it?

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