Tennis podcast: French Open 2018 – Rafael Nadal reigns supreme at Roland Garros for 11th time

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Rafael Nadal celebrates his French Open win in trademark style - Getty Images Europe
Rafael Nadal celebrates his French Open win in trademark style - Getty Images Europe

Rafael Nadal is the French Open champion. Sound familiar? 

On the Tennis Podcast, presenters Catherine Whitaker and David Law look back on the way Nadal overcame Dominic Thiem and a bout of cramp to win at Roland Garros for the eleventh time.

The scoreline shows that Nadal won 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. Does that reflect harshly on Thiem? Could he have done anything differently? And has his run to the final justified his decision to play such a packed schedule?

As for Nadal, he came through a closely-fought first set and then took control. Is his game more complete than ever? How does he continue to dominate at Roland Garros after all these years?

There was a moment of concern for Nadal in the third set when he had to call the trainer for cramp in his finger. What was going on? Should he have been allowed the treatment he received?

Elsewhere, Law and Whitaker react to the positive reports about Andy Murray’s recovery ahead of the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen’s Club next week, and respond to the rumours that Roger Federer might be switching clothing sponsor.

There’s also a tribute to Brazilian great Maria Bueno who has died at the age of 78.

The Tennis Podcast is produced weekly throughout the year and daily during the Grand Slam tournaments, in association with Telegraph Sport. It is presented by Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) and David Law (BBC 5 Live, BT Sport). 

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