(Reuters) – “It’s amazing now, I can’t describe my feelings,” Rafael Nadal told the crowd on Philippe Chatrier Court moments after capturing his 17th Grand Slam trophy with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory.
“It’s not even a dream to win here 11 times, because its impossible to think of something like this.”
Rafa saluted his 24-year-old opponent, who is the only man to have beaten the Spaniard on clay over the past two seasons.
“He’s very aggressive, with big shots,” Rafa said in halting French before switching to English.
“I want to say well played to Dominic. He played a great two weeks. He’s a good friend, one of these players that the tour needs. I am sure you’ll win here in the next couple of years.”
The emotional Spaniard wiped away tears as he held on to the Coupe de Mousquetaires.
“Many thanks,” he told the crowd. “I hope to see you again next year.”