Consistency keeps the young guns from breaking through
Carlos Ramos, the umpire, gave Nadal a time warning for using more than the allotted 25 seconds but the Spaniard shrugged it off and finally clinched victory when De Minaur sent a groundstroke over the baseline.
“Probably he’s the fastest player on Tour,” Nadal said. “OK, I was two sets to love but if I had lost that last game (anything could have happened). But I think I played a very solid match.
Nadal, Roger Federer and Novak Djokovic have mopped up 51 grand slam titles between them and as Patrick Mouratoglou, the coach of Serena Williams, said this week, their consistency has kept the young guns from breaking through in the biggest events.
“I think it’s up to the champion to not let the others’ level be too good,” he told Roland-Garros.com. “I think Rafa, Roger and Novak killed a lot of generations of players. If they would have let them win a few matches, they would have become very dangerous and maybe better than them. But they put a ceiling above their heads so they hit their heads on the ceiling all the time.”