Nadal claims 12th French Open title


PARIS (AP) – Rafael Nadal pulled away in what had suddenly become a tight final to beat Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 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.

No other man or woman has won as many as 12 titles at any of the four Grand Slam tournaments.

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.

Women

PARIS – Ash Barty decided to take a break from tennis in 2014 to play cricket. After almost two years away, the Australian returned to the tour, and that career choice paid off in a big way Saturday with her first Grand Slam title.

The No. 8-seeded Barty took control right at the start of the French Open final and never really let go, beating unseeded 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-3.

Barty became the first Australian to win the trophy at Roland Garros since Margaret Court in 1973.

Neither Barty nor Vondrousova had ever played in a Grand Slam final before. Neither had even been in a major semifinal until this week, either.

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