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In pictures: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for 12th French Open title

Updated : 2019-06-09 22:06:17

Rafael Nadal pulled away in what had suddenly become a tight final to beat Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 on Sunday for his record-extending 12th French Open championship. It raises Nadal's Grand Slam title count to 18, within two of Roger Federer's record for a man. The 33-year-old Spaniard improved to 93-2 at Roland Garros, including a combined 24-0 in semifinals and finals. This was a rematch of last year's final, which Nadal won in straight sets against Thiem, a 25-year-old Austrian who beat No. 1 Novak Djokovic in the semifinals and was seeking his first major trophy.

Austria's Dominic Thiem returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Austria's Dominic Thiem returns the ball to Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Spectators watch Austria's Dominic Thiem playing Spain's Rafael Nadal, right, on center court during the men's finalmatch of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Spectators watch Austria's Dominic Thiem playing Spain's Rafael Nadal, right, on center court during the men's finalmatch of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Austria's Dominic Thiem during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Austria's Dominic Thiem during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Austria's Dominic Thiem plays a shot against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Austria's Dominic Thiem plays a shot against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Austria's Dominic Thiem during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Austria's Dominic Thiem during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Austria's Dominic Thiem hits his racket after hitting a shot into the net in the second set against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Austria's Dominic Thiem hits his racket after hitting a shot into the net in the second set against Spain's Rafael Nadal during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Austria's Dominic Thiem during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Spain's Rafael Nadal plays a shot against Austria's Dominic Thiem during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Michel Euler)
Spain's Rafael Nadal clenches his fist as he plays Austria's Dominic Thiem during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Spain's Rafael Nadal clenches his fist as he plays Austria's Dominic Thiem during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Spain's Rafael Nadal lays on the clays as he defeats Austria's Dominic Thiem during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. Nadal won 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Spain's Rafael Nadal lays on the clays as he defeats Austria's Dominic Thiem during the men's final match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. Nadal won 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open tennis tournament title after winning his men's final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates his record 12th French Open tennis tournament title after winning his men's final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem in four sets, 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1, at the Roland Garros stadium in Paris, Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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