TENNIS

Rafael Nadal Sweeps To 12th French Open Title

Rafael Nadal of Spain swept to an historic 12th Roland Garros title and 18th Grand Slam crown with a 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 and 6-1 victory over Austria's Dominic Thiem in Paris.

The 33-year-old spaniard becomes the first player, man or woman, to win the same slam 12 times after seeing off a brave challenge from a weary Thiem in a repeat of the 2018 final.

Nadal is now just two behind Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 majors and three ahead of Novak Djokovic who was knocked out by Thiem in the semi-finals.

The World Number two also took his Paris record to an astonishing 93 wins and just two losses having previously won the title in 2005 to 2008, 2010 to 2014, 2017 and 2018.

It also gave Nadal an 82nd career title and 950th match win.