PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win 12th Roland Garros title

Unstoppable, unequalled, unforgettable.

Rafael Nadal’s incredible domination in Paris continued with his 12th French Open win on Sunday afternoon. The King of Clay defeated Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 to add yet another Grand Slam title to his resume.

It was Rafa’s ninth win in 13 matches against Thiem, who has been the only player to beat our champ on clay over the past few years.

With the victory, the Manacor native adds an 18th Grand Slam crown, which draws him to within two of Roger Federer’s all-time record of 20.

After the match, Rafa said:

I want to say congratulations to Dominic. I feel sorry as he deserves to win it as well. But he has every chance in the future. He has unbelievable talent for the sport and I want to encourage him for the future.

It’s a dream to win again, an incredible moment. When I first played here in 2005 I never thought I would be still playing here in 2019.

It’s very special for me.

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48 comments

  1. I am so happy right now!

    I actually believe that Rafa can eclipse Federer’s slam record now.
    He seems to have some FO bites left and who knows what he can do in the US Open?
    Federer is about to retire soon. Djokovic is the toughest opponent but can lose the motivation anytime.
    Youngsters? They’re not good enough for Rafa.

    Vamos the King of tennis!

  2. What an achievement. He is simply out of this world. To win 12 times, well it’s just unreal. Greatest achievement in sport, no question imo! Vamos Rafael! 😊🎾👏👍👌👊🏆

  3. Today I cried with you, tears of joy….and now I raise a glass of champagne in your honor for a tremendous victory that I will remember for a very long time…

    Congratulations Rafael… celebrate this incredible win… you so deserve it!!

    Enjoy the boat and some special time off….

  4. Rafa , stunning performance . J cried so hard. You are really the KING Of CLAY. Congrats. ❤️❤️

  5. Dearest Rafa. Thank you for the joy you give us. I feel we watched a tiny miracle today. And that is a reflection of the great person you are. Congratulations. I wish you the best of health now and always. God bless you Rafa. Love you. Marylynn

  6. GORGEOUS BEAUTIFUL PHOTOS ………VAMOS SWEETHEART AND CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR BEAUTIFUL AGGRESSIVE AND CLASSY 12TH CHAMPIONSHIP VICTORY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) GREAT MATCH SWEETHEART AND EVERYTHING YOU DID WAS JUST BEAUTIFUL AND OUTSTANDING AND STUNNING !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) AND KUDOS AND GO RAFA GO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) ENJOY EVERYTHING AND CELEBRATE WITH PRIDE AND JOY AND LOTS OF LOVE YOUR WIN AND YOUR WINNER ATTITUDE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) YOU DID IT AND YOU ARE A TENNIS HERO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) VAMOS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : ) XOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOXOX KEEP SMILING SWEETHEART ! : ) HAVE A BEAUTIFUL FUN BREAK BETWEEN YOUR TOURS AND ENJOY !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! : )

  7. Good afternoon Rafa, you were Great once again today, from The Canaries I´d like to congratulate you, without any doubt you´ar: ¡¡ The King & Number O n e !! Have The Most Happy Celebration, C. Javier

    • Absolutely relentless he was on fire.. Rafa you are simply the best player ever.. congratulations 🏆🏆🍾🍸🇪🇸🔥🔥❤❤❤❤❤❤

  8. Lost for words but very happy. A truly remarkable achievement by a truly remarkable man.

    Thiem played like he did in Barcelona in the first set, but this time Rafa could find a way past him. The third set was something else. Well played Dominic but even you’re no match for Rafa at his his best. I feel the same as Rafa though, when he finally can’t win RG anymore, I’d like Dominic to be the one to take over. Hopefully that’s a while away. How lovely was Rafa’s praise for Dominic though!

    I’ll think about the numbers and the records later, but today was amazing Rafa, seeing you holding that beautiful trophy again is just wonderful.

  9. Rafa you were mesmerising today how do you play such marvellous tennis I will never know. There won’t be anybody like you or come near your brilliance! I don’t know what else to say you are magnificent and a genius. My best hero ever!

    You deserve a good rest and a relaxing holiday with Maria and hope to see you playing very soon!

    With,
    Love and best wishes,
    Jo

  10. #12 for the King of Clay!!!👏😆 Many congratulations RAFA🎉🎊🥳

    Another unbelievable accomplishment for my idol, champion on and off court!

    All the best to you the rest of the season and more ahead🍀❤️

  11. CONGRATULATIONS, dear Rafa, on your amazing win. Unbelievable 12 Roland Garros. 🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆🏆 Enjoy the moment, . Wishes for the team, behind you.

    God bless you. Love you always Rafa. 💙💖💙💖💟💜💛💚

  12. You are the man <3 so happy for you. Enjoy the moment with your family and friends.

    #12 is just amazing.

    Always with you <3

  13. CONGRATULATIONS !!!! Stunning , faultless performance in Roland Garros !!
    Rafa: I have no words to express how unique a sportsman you are ! Watching you over the years has given me so much excitement, drama and pleasure and that is on and off the court . With all your extreme fighting spirit and obvious muscle power and strength you can’t conceal that Ou have a very good and gentle heart. In fact it is that contrast of your aggressive, physical , focused ,spirited, super energetic and precise performance and the modest, respectful, utterly fair and truthful attitude you display off the court which makes you in my view the best tennis player and overall sportsman of all times!
    I am a 70 year old grandmother and a retired sports teacher from Wimbledon, who has tickets for the Wimbledon Final – see you there ,dear Raf%just want to thank you for all the magic moments you have given me and my family who are all your fans !
    I wish you good health and all the best for your upcoming marriage with your beautiful bride: what an amazing couple you make!
    VAMOS ⭐️
    Rafa forever !! ❤️

    • Well said guineabear1! I also feel that Rafa’s fans are a reflection of his personal.

      I knew that Rafa had several French Open titles within his game, and us fans are elated with his stellar performance this year!

      Rafa, we love you, not only for your tennis, but for the man you are!

  14. The King Of Clay Strikes Again. Thank you Rafa , after losing my mum 7 months ago and my 14 year old westie 3 weeks ago you have put a smile back on my face , congratulations no one deserves it more than you .

    • Accept my sympathies, Maria (England) in respect of your recent losses. Mothers are the most precious gift on earth

      No wonder you have been absent from this site for a while now.

      We really missed you

      We are now in celebration mood over Rafa,s 12th RG win – Rafa is simply the greatest ever now!!!1

      But, as always, we’ll see……..cheers to all Rafamaniacs out there – the die-hardFan Love,and the outspoken Margo, We love you all…..

      Rafaamazing forever!!!!!!!!

      • Maria, I see Rafa has put you in a good mood. Me, I’m gonna go pick up my winnings mañana; sure hope you didn’t lose too much money.

        Thiem said he is going to try again next year. He is too charming for words. During his on-court interview McEnroe wanted to know Thiem’s thoughts as to why he lost and alluded to perhaps Thiem was tired. Well, Thiem told him in unambiguous fashion “That is not why I lost.”

        What a charmer.

      • Thank you Maria {The Deep Thinker} for your kind words , what a great day for Rafa and I will look forward to reading your future posts again { and the wise words from your Great Aunt}.

  15. Congratulations Rafer fabulous game I told you your trophy was waiting and so is the crown the king of clay 🎉🎾❤️🥰🥳👑

    • The incredible, indestructible, incomparable, the KING! So happy and proud for Rafa, his team, and all of us! No words can express my happiness, gratitude, respect, and love for him!

    • Congratulations Rafaaaa!!

      12 titles at one slam? Now that’s too much!! Of course, we will demand a few more:)

      Amazing Rafa, phenomenal, unbelievable! Thiem could have rested a week and the outcome would have been the same. Can’t help but like Thiem though… Prince of Clay for now:)

      Long live King Rafa!!

      • Congratulations and Thank You I’m a fan from Columbus Ohio and your 12th. win a Roland Garros was spectacular you are a pleasure to watch and again Thank You for being a great role model for many children as well as adults, you are a very gracious competitor. Enjoy your win !!!

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