'Physically easier to watch Nadal on TV', says beaten Thiem

ITV Sport retain TV rights to French Open at Roland Garros

ITV Sport retain TV rights to French Open at Roland Garros

Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal powered past Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets here on Sunday, claiming his record-extending 11th title at Roland Garros.

Nadal stormed to a straightforward three-set win over Nadal at the French Open past year in the final four as the Spaniard went on to improve his stunning record at the Grand Slam.

But Thiem, unusually standing up to Nadal's first serve, forced two break points in the next game and converted the second with a flashing forehand into the right corner.

In the third set, Nadal suffered a blip as he called for the trainer for a cramp in his left hand.

Thiem was done in by losing on first-serve opportunities and then being induced into far too many unforced errors.

He saved three break points in his first service game but a wayward backhand ensured Nadal took the fourth.

Sunday marked the first time Nadal had faced a player from a younger tennis generation in a Grand Slam final. Once again, 18-time Grand Slam victor Martina Navratilova will lend her expertise and insight to ITV's team for the women's final and the team also includes 2013 Wimbledon champion Marion Bartoli, four-time Grand Slam victor Jim Courier, Andy Murray's former coach Mark Petchey, Fabrice Santoro, who played in 70 Grand Slams, and former British ladies number one Samantha Smith.


Nadal becomes just the second player to reach over $100 million in on-court winnings, behind rival Novak Djokovic. "Bravo. To me it's been still great two weeks".

As the saying goes, there are only three certainties in life: Death, taxes and Rafael Nadal on clay.

Thiem scrapped hard to save four break points but Nadal is relentless, keeping up the pressure until the seventh seed sends a backhand long. But the unrelenting Nadal continued to fire winners from behind the baseline and again broke early, consolidating for a 3-1 lead.

A year later he exacted his revenge over the Swede, but this time in the final for his fifth Roland Garros title. However, in Open Era, he is the first player ever (man or woman) to complete La Undécima in a single Grand Slam event.

Siniakova was the doubles runner-up at last year's U.S. Open with a different partner.

The top-seeded Nadal won the match 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 at Roland Garros in Paris against Thiem, a 24-year-old who is ranked No. 7.

Prior to today's match, Nadal, 32, has won a record 10 titles in Paris and has lost only twice at the tournament since his debut in 2005. The losses came against Thiem at Rome in May 2017 and at Madrid last month.

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