Rafael Nadal could miss Wimbledon due to 'drastic' surface change

Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal

Federer and Nadal have something else ridiculous in common: they're the only two players in men's tennis history to reach at least 11 finals in a specific Grand Slam.

Rafael Nadal has once again proved himself "King of clay" by defeating seventh seeded Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in the 2018 French Open Championship.

Federer returned from a five-year Grand Slam drought to beat Nadal in last year's Australian Open final, then won an eighth Wimbledon and retained the Australian title in January, beating Marin Cilic in the final on both occasions.

However, the 32-year-old Nadal said such targets do not concern him, believing his caution is well-placed after an injury-hit career which has seen him sit out nine Grand Slam tournaments.

Others highlighted Nadal's remarkable record at Roland Garros since first winning the title there in 2005.

Thiem, competing in his first major final, was second best in the next set as he was edged out in a gruelling second game for the only break of serve. But after, the Spaniard was imperious.

With the two heavy favourites in the semi-finals winning, we have the final that most people during the latter stages would have wanted, Nadal v Thiem, and before I discuss the data in detail, I wanted to talk about their previous meetings a little more.

But as soon as Nadal started downing salt tablets and undergoing hand and forearm massages at each change of ends, Thiem switched tactics and looked to extend the rallies in the hope of wearing his opponent out further.

Understandably, Thiem looked edgy as the match begun and he managed to win only one of the first eight points as Nadal, cheered loudly when he walked on court, bristled with intent.

Nadal is now the first player in the Open Era, male or female, to win 11 titles at three different tournaments, having also completed La Undécima at Monte Carlo and Barcelona in April this year.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. "I did it in the past when I was much younger, quicker, because I played back to back". Rafa Nadal goes in search of his 11th French Open title but don't count out Novak Djokovic - and what about the in-form Alexander Zverev?

"You can't be frustrated always if somebody have more money than you, if somebody have a bigger house than you, if somebody have more Grand Slams than you". The world number one saved it and went on to secure a two sets lead when yet another backhand from the Austrian drifted wide.

"You can't live with this feeling". The losses came against Thiem at Rome in May 2017 and at Madrid last month.

"It's really incredible. I played a great match against a great player", said Nadal.

"I've never been insane about this kind of stuff".

Serena struggled to find her best in the early going, relying on experience and guile to work her way past Kristyna Pliskova (not to be confused with sister and World No. 6, Karolina) and Ashleigh Barty.

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