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French Open: Rafael Nadal obliterates Dominic Thiem to claim record 11th title

French Open: Rafael Nadal obliterates Dominic Thiem to claim record 11th title

Nadal won his record 11th title at Roland Garros on Sunday, beating Thiem in straight sets on Philippe Chatrier.

"For me [it] was scary, because I felt that I was not able to move the hand, the finger", Nadal said.

It will serve as a huge boost for the 20-time Grand Slam victor if he manages to win at Stuttgart and then at Halle the following week for it will enhance his chance of claiming the position of the top seed in Wimbledon.

Nadal was rampant when he broke early in the second, but Thiem raised his game to force a break point when Nadal served at 4-2 - a game in which the Spaniard was warned for slow play.

"But having said that Rafa is 32 now, although not that he looks weaker or older, but throughout this tournament he has not looked his very best".

The win helped him extend his incredible run at Roland Garros to 66 wins and just one defeat over 10 years.

However, it was not all smooth sailing for Nadal on Sunday, as he started suffering cramps on his left hand in the third set. I'm sure in his mind he will want it to be more like that than it was today.

In claiming a 17th grand slam title to move three short of Roger Federer's mark, Nadal also matched Margaret Court's record of 11 titles at a single major - hers all coming at the Australian Open in the 1960s and 70s. Since his first French Open appearance in 2005, Nadal has gone 86-2 with one withdrawal.


This year, in Madrid where the courts are faster and the flies through the air because of the altitude, Thiem launched a heavy-handed attack against Nadal and emerged a 7-5, 6-3 victor.

Nadal put forth a through domination on the clay court to keep Thiem's angled forehand strokes out of the bay. "Dominic is an opponent who is very aggressive, very hard to play, with big shots". Only two players have ever come from two sets down to beat the Spaniard, and neither of those occasions was on his favourite surface.

Rafael Nadal looks borderline unbeatable at the moment.

But Nadal held with some clever drop shots and after taking the second set it merely became a race against time to finish off Thiem before the rain arrived. The first came in 2011 against John Isner in the first round and the second against Novak Djokovic in the 2013 semifinals.

After winning just one point in the first two games, Thiem dragged himself back into the contest, only to throw away the opening set with an erratic 10th game as he was broken to love.

But he could not match Nadal's point-by-point consistency and intensity on Sunday.

That's when Nadal took charge, holding for a 5-4 lead, then breaking to take the set as Thiem made four unforced errors in a row.

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