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Rafael Nadal speaks out on catching Roger Federer's Grand Slam haul

French Open Men's Singles Day 15: Nadal value to lift the trophy with ease Nadal has no 'obsession' to hunt down Federer tally
Cary Erickson | 14 June, 2018, 11:38

'Of course I would love to have 20 like Roger in the future or even more, but being honest, is something that is not in my mind.

The curtain falls on the 117th edition of the French Open. Nadal -5.5 games is available on the Exchange at [1.68] and given the fact that Nadal has tended to dominate Thiem on non-quick clay, this should be a very likely outcome if Nadal wins the final.

"He managed to do it well".

Nadal comfortably beats his compatriot for an eighth French Open but the hard yards were achieved in the semi-finals when he defeated Djokovic 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7, 9-7 in a 4-hour 37-minute epic.

"I have never been insane about this kind of stuff", said Nadal.

When asked if he will defend the title next year, he said: "It was unbelievable to win for the 10th time, same thing for the 11th".

"I mean, it's a big goal for me to play, soon, another Slam final, " Thiem said.

Nadal won seven straight points in the first set itself which was probably enough for Thiem to comprehend about the treatent he would get from the King of Clay at his favoured ground.

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Seventh seed Thiem is the only player to have beaten Nadal on clay in the past two years, and he claimed he had a plan to thwart the Spaniard in Paris. "Good couple of weeks, and then the plan is to play Eastbourne to get a couple of matches, maybe more, go all the way there and get her game ready for Wimbledon and I would say she'll be full of confidence going into the grass and she'll give it her best shot", said the Aussie. It was a first Grand Slam final for Thiem, a 24-year-old Austrian. But at the same time, in the other hand, it's true that I went through tough moments, a lot of times in terms of injuries.

Thiem was 11 at the time.

Nadal will remain at the top of the ATP rankings ahead of Roger Federer.

Nadal will look to capture his 18th Grand Slam title next month at Wimbledon. After guzzling water during that break, Nadal felt better and was back to playing his unmistakable brand of almost unbeatable clay-court tennis. He was visited by the trainer that day, too, with Nadal saying it was to prevent sweat from traveling to his hand.

At 4-4 Nadal hit a second serve that bounced before it reached the net but he shrugged that off to hold. He then had his forearm massaged at the changeover before resuming his demolition job. And now, the Spanish sample seems to be the favorite even on other surfaces.

He broke the Austrian in the third game of the set. He bagged the second set when Thiem sent a backhand long.

He now has 86 match wins on Paris' famous crushed red brick against just two defeats in 13 years.

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. For all the hand-wringing in years past over what would happen to USA women's tennis after the Williams sisters, they seem to be in pretty good shape.