Rafael Nadal conquered his 12th title at the French Open 2019 as he defeated Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in the finals. With this victory, Rafael Nadal added the 18th grand slam title in his cabinet, closing the gap between Roger Federer‘s 20 major titles. He also won the French Open title for the third consecutive time after conquering the title in 2017 and 2018.
In a post-match interview, Rafael Nadal was asked about his preference of court between Philippe Chatrier and Suzanne-Lenglen Court at the Roland Garros. Rafael Nadal did not hold back his thoughts about the two courts and revealed his preferred court between the two.
When he was asked about the comparison between the two courts, Rafael Nadal said, “Well, it’s always the same question, the same discussion, the same debate. We are talking about tennis here. It’s true that both courts are big. If I have to compare Chatrier with No. 16, there is a real difference, even though the court where we play has the same dimensions, but what is surrounding is bigger or smaller. But Lenglen is a major court.”
Rafael Nadal also talked about the demerits of the Philippe Chatrier Court. The 12-time French Open champion said, “But Chatrier is a bit more complicated to play on because the dimensions of the court are slightly different. And also how the wind comes in, it’s not the same thing. The court is very huge. You can sometimes lose your reference marks.”
Rafael Nadal then revealed that he likes to.play on Philippe Chatrier court rather than Suzanne-Lenglen Court though he has won all his matches on the latter court.
The 33-year-old continued, “But I have played many matches on Lenglen and Chatrier. If you ask me the question on which do I prefer playing, Chatrier, there is no question. I feel more in control. Although I have never lost on Lenglen, either.”