- Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem share compliments at the trophy ceremony at Roland Garros
“Rafa, twelve Roland Garros, it’s unreal.” Dominic Thiem said it and could barely stand the lazy laugh that comes before an event difficult to digest, especially if you are a victim of the deed that is starring the manacorí in Parisian Grand Slam.
“You are an incredible champion, a legend of the sport”, said the finalist, defeated for the second year in a row, this time scratching a set, yielding 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 and 6-1 in 3h.01 ‘ .
Nadal received the Cup of the Musketeers from the tennis player who completed two Grand Slam in two natural seasons, in 1962 and 1969, the Australian Rod Laver.
The Spanish also spared no praise at the ceremony, before the 15,000 people of the Philippe-Chatrier, for Thiem. “Keep trying, you’ll get it. You have a great team and a great family. You are an example, a great worker and always with a smile on his lips. You are a good person, which is the most important thing. ”
And he had special words for his closest people, those who lifted him after the hard stick of a new injury in Indian Wells, which sustained him in the difficult start of the earth. “It would not have been possible without you in the most complicated moments. It is very, very special. It was a dream to play here in 2005, I could not even think that in 2019 I would be here and with the trophy with me. ”
Almost the tears to the champion of 2018, Carlos Moyà, now directing the technical team that forms with Francis Roig, Rafa Maymó, Carlos Costa, Angel Ruiz-Cotorro, Jordi Robert ‘Tuts’ and Benito Pérez-Barbadillo. And Toni Nadal, omnipresent in the career of his nephew.
This time he sat behind Carlos Moyà, next to his brother Sebastià, father of the ‘creature’. In the next row the mother, Anna Maria Pararea, the sister, Maribel, and the fiancee, Maria Francisca Perelló.
He thanked the presence of “His Majesty the King (Don Juan Carlos) and Doña Elena”, in the box next to the Minister of Culture and Sports, José Guirao, and the president of the CSD, María José Rienda.