How can Roger Federer return to world number one?

How can Roger Federer return to world number one?

How can Roger Federer return to world number one?

Ken Rosewall, who won the title in 1953 and 1968, presented Nadal with the trophy.

Those conditions might have contributed to the cramping that affected Nadal about two hours into the final, at 2-1 in the third set. I didn't see much from the finals because I arrived here, warmed-up and played by myself.

The 32-year-old Spaniard clinched his 17th Grand Slam title, which moves him within three of Roger Federer (20).

He led by two sets plus a break early in the third, when the middle finger on his racket-wielding left hand was cramping so badly he couldn't straighten it.

"Many thanks. I hope to see you again next year", he told the crowd. With Roger Federer being prematurely crashed out of the United States competition, Rafael Nadal, welcoming the opportunity, beat the tall-bodied Argentinian Juan Martin Del Potro 4-6, 6-0, 6-3, 6-2 in the semi-final and the South African Kevin Anderson 6-3, 6-3, 6-4 in the final. It was very humid and he pushed me to the limit.

Thiem stayed with Nadal in the early going on a steamy afternoon.

Nadal joins Australia's Margaret Court as the only player to win 11 titles at the same major.

The Spaniard was quick to hammer home his advantage at the start of the second, converting his fifth break point of a lengthy game as Thiem's usually trusty backhand let him down.

The lone player to defeat Nadal on clay over the last two seasons, Thiem made incremental progress by winning nine games Sunday, two more than in each of their previous meetings here.

Plus, consider this: Coco Gauff, a 14-year-old from Florida, beat Caty McNally, a 16-year-old from OH, in the junior final, the fourth time at the last five Grand Slam tournaments that two Americans played each other for the girls' title.

"If you win a grand slam tournament 11 times, one single one, then this is just very exceptional and fantastic", said Thiem.

Well, we never thought we'd see the day, but that rather exciting prospect came true during the Laver Cup in Prague a year ago.

"Ninety five percent of the field is not competitive when Nadal is playing".

From 4-all, 15-all in the opening set, Thiem faltered. Roger knows how to play on this surface.

In a 10-minute second game of the second set, Thiem suffered more trauma. He, however, was able to hold serve regularly in the midway stages of the second and even had a chance to get back on serve, but his opening at 2-4 evaporated when Nadal struck a sublime drop shot, then passing shot.

"It's not even a dream to win here 11 times, because it's impossible to think of something like this". So there was mild concern when Nadal called for the trainer for treatment.

Their career earnings are just as lopsided as their Grand Slam appearances: Thiem has earned $11.1 million in prize money over his career, while Nadal, the world's No. 1 player, has earned $98.0 million.

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