ICYMI at French Open: Rafael Nadal continues old-man domination trend on tour

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Rafael Nadal effectively guarded his French Open crown and secured a record eleventh Roland Garros title with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 last triumph over No. 7 Dominic Thiem on Sunday.

Following his 32nd birthday last Sunday, Nadal’s triumph is the seventh progressive real title won by a man age 30 or over, right now the longest streak in the Open period.

You’d need to return to Wimbledon 2016 for the last time a Grand Slam was won by a man under 30 (Andy Murray, 29).

How about we place that into viewpoint: The past record for most sequential majors won at 30 and over came in 1969, when Rod Laver did it independent from anyone else, finishing the last timetable year Grand Slam on the men’s circuit.

Significantly crazier, since Stan Wawrinka’s 2016 US Open triumph, the previous six Grand Slam titles have been shared by two players: Nadal and 36-year-old Roger Federer. The prevailing pair have now won 37 Grand Slam titles between them (Federer 20, Nadal 17).

Long wounds to close adversaries, including Novak Djokovic and Murray, may have had an influence, however you can’t deny both Nadal and Federer’s matchless quality at the enormous occasions.

What’s more, with Federer’s arrival up and coming for the grass swing, will the streak be stretched out in three weeks at Wimbledon? You’d be silly to wager against it.

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