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The King's reign continues: Nadal's 12 French Open final victories

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A combination of AFP pictures made in Paris on June 9, 2013, shows Spain's Rafael Nadal biting his the Muskeeters trophy during his eight victories in the men's French Tennis Open at the Roland Garros stadium. (From top L to R) Nadal bites his trophy on J

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ByReuters
09/06/2019 at 15:23 | Updated 09/06/2019 at 16:23

Rafael Nadal is the French Open champion once again. We take a look back at his 12 victories after he saw off Dominic Thiem on Sunday.

2005 - beat Mariano Puerta (Argentina) 6-7(6) 6-3 6-1 7-5

Rallied from a set down to beat fellow left-hander Puerta and become the first player to win the French Open title in his main draw debut since Mats Wilander in 1982, setting in motion an unprecedented run of success in the tournament.

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Rafael Nadal - French Open 2005

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2006 - beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 1-6 6-1 6-4 7-6

Handed Federer his first defeat in a Grand Slam final to become the youngest back-to-back Roland Garros winner since Bjorn Borg in 1974-75.

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2007 - beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6-3 4-6 6-3 6-4

Federer beat Nadal for the first time on clay a few weeks earlier but there was no stopping Nadal in Paris, as he became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win a hat-trick of Roland Garros titles.

Nadal 2007 Roland-Garros

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2008 - beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 6-1 6-3 6-0

Thrashed Federer in one hour 48 minutes before apologising at the end of the match. He matched Borg's feat of four straight titles at Roland Garros and became the first player since the Swede in 1980 to win the tournament without dropping a set.

Rafa Nadal (Roland Garros 2008)

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2010 - beat Robin Soderling (Sweden) 6-4 6-2 6-4

After having his 31-match winning streak in Paris snapped by Soderling the previous year, Nadal gained sweet revenge by felling the Swede to seal a fifth title in six years.

2010 French Open Nadal

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2011 - beat Roger Federer (Switzerland) 7-5 7-6 5-7 6-1

Overcame a determined Federer again to win his sixth French Open title at the age of 25 and equal the tally of Borg. It was the 10th Grand Slam title of his career.

Rafa Nadal (Roland Garros 2011)

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2012 - beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 6-4 6-3 2-6 7-5

Went past Borg with a superb display against Djokovic in a rare Monday final that had several delays due to rain.

Rafael Nadal wins the 2012 French Open (Reuters)

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2013 - beat David Ferrer (Spain) 6-3 6-2 6-3

Improved his career record to 59-1 at Roland Garros by beating Ferrer in straight sets to become the first man with eight titles at the same Grand Slam.

2013 Roland Garros Nadal

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2014 - beat Novak Djokovic (Serbia) 3-6 7-5 6-2 6-4

Entered Roland Garros with only one European claycourt title for the first time in 10 years but saw off Djokovic in four sets to become the first man to win five straight French Open titles.

Rafael Nadal - 2014 Roland Garros

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2017 - beat Stan Wawrinka (Switzerland) 6-2 6-3 6-1

Emotional scenes as he regained his Roland Garros throne with a brutal 6-2 6-3 6-1 mauling of Swiss Wawrinka to complete 'La Decima'. At 31, he become the oldest champion in Paris since 34-year-old Andres Gimeno in 1972.

Roland Garros 2017, Rafael Nadal

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2018 - beat Dominic Thiem (Austria) 6-4 6-3 6-2

Took his Roland Garros win-loss record to a jaw-dropping 86-2 as he captured his 17th Grand Slam title, swatting aside Thiem for a record-extending 11th crown in Paris.

2019 - beat Dominic Thiem (Austria) 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1

Rallied brilliantly after losing the second set to beat Thiem once again and secure his 12th title.

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