French finalist Thiem out of Halle event

Rafael Nadal After the second set I left the court to be clear-minded

Thiem cut a exhausted figure during the final in Paris where he was well beaten by Rafael Nadal.

French Open champion Rafa Nadal has said he almost ended his season after being forced to withdraw from the Indian Wells semifinals with a knee injury in March but played through the pain at Roland Garros to clinch a record-extending 12th title.

Managing to avoid bigger injuries that had plagued his game in the past, the Japanese has found the way to notch 23 wins so far in 2019, winning the title in Brisbane after nine straight losses in the ATP finals before retiring at the Australian Open against Novak Djokovic, his only in the current season so far. "The first three, I reached the semi-finals".

Rafael Nadal beat the Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in the final match on Sunday to record the 12th French Open title (FRENCH OPEN) Won.

"I'm going to have to adjust my schedule a little bit, but that's a matter I'll discuss with my team".

"I would have liked to have started in Halle because it is always a fantastic tournament week in the season", organisers quoted Thiem as saying.

"Unfortunately Birmingham is too soon, but I'm working really hard to get back as soon as possible and - of course - keeping everything crossed for Wimbledon", the 29-year-old wrote on Twitter. I'm an optimistic person, so all I can say is that I'm going to play and I'm thinking about playing at a high level.

"Between the level of pain and just being sidelined, there came a time when I just felt exhausted of all of this", he added.

"After all I've been through, acquiring an injury isn't something that goes through my mind when I'm on the court". People remember me playing and playing and that has not been existing for some years now. I was on the cusp of reaching the final past year. "I promised myself that I would play through Roland Garros with the attitude and energy necessary to confront all obstacles in my way". "If I'm fit and I can prepare sufficiently, well, we'll see what happens".



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