Rafa Nadal said that he is not obsessed with Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slams. "I would tell you that's something nearly impossible, but here we are", Nadal told reporters. "When that change, will be a time to do another thing, and I am not anxious about this". "Bravo. To me it's been still great two weeks".
Ten years ago, Nadal was already the King of Clay.
Federer, 36, skipped the clay-court season for the second successive year, but will return for the grass-court season which culminates at Wimbledon next month. But Nadal himself wasn't too bothered.
"I never have been insane about all this kind of stuff", said Nadal.
"I have never been insane about this kind of stuff, you can't always be frustrated if somebody has more money than you, a bigger house than you, if somebody has more Grand Slams than you, ' he said".
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"Because if you are looking next to you, you can be frustrated thinking that people have more things than you in general terms". I am happy that other people have things, and I am very satisfied, and I feel very lucky with all the things that happened it me.
Tennis is lucky to have Nadal. Rafael Nadal won 3-0 and claimed the title.
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Simona Halep's 3-6, 6-4, 6-1 win against Sloane Stephens in Saturday's final in Paris made the No. 1-ranked Romanian the seventh female champion at the past seven majors. It's been reported that Japanese apparel brand UNIQLO is ready to pay Federer $29 million a year for the next decade - an annual salary that is nearly four times his paycheck from most recent contract with Nike. Despite wracking up one title after another in Paris, it clearly still means plenty to the world No. 1.
When the trainer visited Nadal in his quarterfinal for a similar issue, Nadal said it was simply to prevent sweat from traveling to his hand.
Thiem stayed with Nadal in the early going on a cloudy and steamy afternoon; the temperature was 77 degrees (24 Celsius), the humidity approached 70 percent.
"I came back from five months without playing a full tournament". But that's the best-of-three sets and in different, faster conditions. The Spaniard also became the first man in the Open Era to win at least 400 matches on both clay and hard courts.
Thirteen years and 17 Grand Slam titles along, with Nadal aged 32 years and one week, still, nobody has ever said anything any truer. "I don't think about the rankings at all today, no?"
Thiem started the match quite poorly.
After Nadal won the first, there was an air of inevitability. It was also a rematch of last year's U.S. Open final, in which Stephens topped Keys. Serving at less than 50%, Nadal got plenty of looks at second serves. Overall, the tally was a mere 58 percent. Thiem making unforced errors.
The Austrian speared a 222 kilometers per hour ace just for good measure in the fourth game to save a break point. Thiem makes his second double fault in the game. He dropped serve on a fifth break chance. At 4-5 Thiem's serve let him down badly, handing Nadal three set points, and any hopes of an upset all but disappeared along with the ragged Thiem forehand which sailed way beyond the baseline.
Until 4-all, 15-all in the opening set, to be precise.