French Open Day 15 - Nadal's Ridiculous Dozen; Thiem gets closer

It’s getting ridiculous now. 


After Rafael Nadal takes Roland Garros for the 12th time, Catherine, David and Matt chat on The Tennis Podcast about where the final was won and lost against Dominic Thiem, before trying to put Nadal’s achievements into context. 


Was the first set one of the best ever in a Grand Slam final? How did Nadal outlast Thiem both mentally and physically throughout the match? And can Thiem take heart from this defeat, knowing that he won a set at least, or was it further evidence that the gap to Nadal on clay is unbridgeable? 


Looking ahead, will Nadal transfer this form to grass? How many more French Open titles might he be able to win? And can he surpass Federer’s all-time Grand Slam record? 


There’s also a rundown of all the other significant results from this year’s tournament, and a reflection on what made it such a memorable French Open. 


The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year and daily at the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with The Telegraph. It will be back daily at the Fever-Tree Championships at The Queen's Club, 16-23 June.

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