French Open 2019 Men's Finals: Results, Stats for Rafael Nadal vs. Dominic Thiem

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistJune 10, 2019

PARIS, FRANCE - JUNE 09: Rafael Nadal of Spain bites the trophy after defeating Dominic Thiem of Austria in the final during Day Fifteen of the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros on June 09, 2019 in Paris, France.(Photo by Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)
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Rafael Nadal won his 12th French Open title at Roland-Garros on Sunday with a four-set victory over Dominic Thiem.

The Spaniard overcame the Austrian 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in three hours and one minute to take his overall tally to 18 Grand Slam singles titles, just two behind Roger Federer's record.

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

1⃣2⃣th Roland-Garros title for Rafael Nadal after his win over 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 on Dominic Thiem. πŸ† Highlights with @emirates ⬇️ https://t.co/veVGvtpUOf

Nadal lifting the Coupe des Mousquetaires is a sight we've seen a lot of over the years:

Roland-Garros @rolandgarros

Still trying to grasp the magic of @RafaelNadal at Roland-Garros? This masterpiece is for you. πŸ’« #RG19 https://t.co/oUwx51vtEr

The match was Nadal's 95th at Roland-Garros, and he has won a staggering 93 of those.

When Thiem took the second set, it was only the 27th set Nadal has dropped in that time, which serves to further remind us of his remarkable dominance at the French Open.

His 12th title win also saw him surpass Margaret Court's record of 11 singles titles at a single tournament, which she achieved at the Australian Open.

OptaJean @OptaJean

12 - With this new title in Roland-Garros, Rafael Nadal πŸ‡ͺπŸ‡Έ becomes the first player in the Open Era to win at least 12 times the same tournament (ATP 250, ATP 500, Masters 1000, Grand Slam) 2005 to 2008πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ† 2010 to 2014 πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ†πŸ† 2017 to 2019 πŸ†πŸ†πŸ† Titan. #RG19 https://t.co/IH4KoybtjA

Thiem provided some hope that the contest would at least be competitive when he drew first blood in the opening set, with a break in the fifth game for a 3-2 lead.Β Nadal quickly rattled off four games in a row, however.

An unexpected mistake from Nadal proved decisive in a tight second set, which had followed serve until the No. 2 seed, serving to force a tiebreaker, hit a backhand long to put Thiem level at one set apiece.

The No. 4 seedβ€”who was playing for the fourth consecutive day because of interruptions to the schedule caused by the weatherβ€”seemed to have little left in the tank, though, as he took just one game apiece in the final two sets.

As tennis writer Steve Tignor demonstrated, it was still an improvement from Thiem, who lost in straight sets to Nadal in last year's final:

Steve Tignor @SteveTignor

Nadal wins 12th (!) #RolandGarros title 63 57 61 61. The serve and volley were big factors for him; he won 73% of first serve points, and was 23 of 27 at net. Thiem took 7 games from Rafa here in 2017, 9 last year, 12 this year (and a set). https://t.co/OzjglSNAz5

Per the tournament's official website, Nadal finished the match having made 38 winners and 31 unforced errors. Thiem had the reverseβ€”31 winners to 38 unforced errors.

The pair will soon gear up for Wimbledon, which begins on July 1.

Nadal, 33, will hope to add to his two titles at the All England Club, where he has not won the tournament since 2010.

As for Thiem, he has only made it past the second round at Wimbledon once in his five appearances there, so it would be a remarkable showing for him to get anywhere near the final.