King of Tears

 

— As Rafael Nadal held the trophy in his hand for the 11th time, the crowd kept cheering. They didn’t stop.

Rafa was transfixed. The moment hit him. It was something beyond his dreams: 11 titles at the French Open; a record of 86-2.

 

 

As tears welled up in his eyes, he covered his face. But the whole crowd emoted with him. It was an extended moment of pure human magic, something beyond imagination.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When Novak Djokovic finally won the French Open in 2016 and completed his career grand slam, he told reporters that he believed that humans could achieve almost anything.

Rafa is proving that. At age 32, he beat Dominic Thiem, 24, the only man to beat him on clay in the past two years, in straight sets in a 3-hour battle. Rafa has owned the tournament for most of the past 14 years, and there’s no indication he’s going to give it up.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(images and text copyright Christopher Johnson Globalite Media all rights reserved)

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