Rafael Nadal was trying to make the point that time stops for no man. “You can’t fight against the age,” he said, “and you can’t fight against the watch. The watch keeps going, always.” No arguing against that sentiment. Still, it is rather remarkable how Nadal, a French Open champion yet again a week past his 32nd birthday, and Federer, who turns 37 in less than two months, seem to stay forever young. Nadal’s 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over Dominic Thiem, who’s 24, in Sunday’s final gave the Spaniard an 11th title — yes, 11th — at Roland Garros and 17th Grand Slam trophy overall.

At the previous major tournament, the Australian Open in January, Federer won his record 20th such championship. At the Slam before that, the U.S. Open last September, Nadal was the last man standing.

And so on. Federer or Nadal has won each of the past six major tournaments, equaling their second-longest stretch of dual dominance. Their other six-Slam streak came from 2008-09. Their best run was combining to win 11 consecutive majors starting at the 2005 French Open, when Nadal collected No. 1.

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