Nadal🔈 Winning 12th French Open Extra Special❤

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Rafael Nadal says winning his 12th French Open is extra special after a turbulent year where he considered taking an extended break because of injury problems.

Nadal, 33, played just three events in 2019 prior to the clay-court season.

But it ended with a 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 win over Austrian fourth seed Dominic Thiem in Sunday's final at Roland Garros.

"I've had too many issues. So that makes these last few weeks very, very special," he said.

"One possibility was to stop for a while and recover my body.

"And the other was to drastically change my attitude and my mentality.

"I was able to change and fight for every small improvement that I was able to make."

World number two Nadal has been hampered by injury problems over the past two seasons, pulling out of 10 tournaments last year because of a combination of hip, knee, stomach and ankle problems.

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