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5 oldest French Open men's singles champions in the Open Era

Modified 05 Dec 2018, 00:23 IST
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#3 Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal with the 2018 French Open trophy
Rafael Nadal with the 2018 French Open trophy

The 'King of Clay' - Rafael Nadal - is widely considered to be the greatest claycourt player of all time. He is the only man in the Open Era to have won 'The Musketeers Cup' as a teenager, in his 20s and his 30s.

That's truly a remarkable statistic, but the scarier part is that it doesn't look like Nadal is done. Considering his still-undimmed claycourt prowess, he will certainly start Roland Garros 2019 as the favorite.

The winner of 11 French Open crowns, Nadal has made it a habit to win in Paris. At the 2018 French Open, he started as the overwhelming favorite. Then the World Number 1, he was looking to extend his own 'La Decima' record; in the previous year, he had become the first player ever to win the same Major at least 10 times.

Nadal just dropped a single set - to Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinal - all tournament long, as he comfortably eased past the likes of Juan Martin Del Potro and Richard Gasquet.

In the final, he met Dominic Thiem - a man whose preferred surface is clay. But Nadal made it look easy as he beat Thiem without the loss of a single set.

Nadal was 32 years, 6 days old at the time of wining 'Undecima' in Paris.

Published 05 Dec 2018, 00:23 IST
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