Nadal ahead of Federer; Halep stays No. 1; Stephens to No. 4

Nadal Federer fight'the watch' keep winning Slams

Nadal Federer fight'the watch' keep winning Slams

Nadal won a record-extending 11th title at Roland Garros and 17th major overall Sunday when he defeated his spirited challenger, Dominic Thiem, 6-4 6-3 6-2 in Paris.

Sunday's result marks the sixth consecutive Grand Slam won by either Nadal or 20-time major champion Roger Federer.

Rafael Nadal celebrates his 11th French Open win.

Paris - If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he'd have to amend his belief that death and taxes are life's only certainties and add a third - Rafael Nadal winning the French Open.

Uncle Toni, no longer his nephew's coach but back in his customary seat on the end of the players' box, two seats down from the current coach, Carlos Moya, summed it up perfectly.

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

Nadal will have Federer's record of 20 Grand Slams in his sights, and will be hoping to challenge the Swiss at Wimbledon at the start of July. And now I have to come back to speak with my team. 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.

Federer, meanwhile, skipped the clay-court season for a second year in a row to avoid fatigue ahead of his more favored grass-court season as he is now set to return at the Mercedes Cup in Stuttgart, Germany, this week. "You could nearly see the hand start cramping up as the fingers go stiff - it's a frightful feeling", Croft said.


"I would love to be playing in as many places as possible, but you understand I need to check how I feel in the next couple of days", Nadal said.

The 32-year-old won it all in Barcelona and the Masters 1000 events in Monte Carlo and Rome before he once again conquered Roland Garros.

"It's awesome now, I can't describe my feelings", a sweat-soaked Nadal told the crowd. He has won every final he has reached, and in those 11 showpieces he has dropped just six sets. "I think he is really good".

They did just that, becoming the first pair of ATP and WTA No 1s to both win the title at Roland Garros since Jim Courier and Monica Seles in 1992. I didn't see much from the finals because I arrived here, warmed-up and played by myself.

"I had a tough moment in the third set when I had a bit of cramp".

Title number nine in his ninth final for Nadal and his 14th Grand Slam success on an afternoon where temperatures nudged 30 degrees.

"No, you can't be frustrated always if somebody have more money than you, if somebody have a bigger house than you, if somebody have more grand slams than you".

Thiem was trying to become only the second Austrian grand slam champion after Tomas Muster's 1995 Paris triumph and played his part in the tussle that lasted two hours and 42 minutes, but was unable to sustain the high-octane tennis needed to unnerve Nadal.

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