Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for 11th French Open title

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for 11th French Open title

In a historic game, Rafael Nadal defeated Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets 6-4, 6-3,6-2 to earn his eleventh French Open championship.

For the past two years, Thiem has been threatening to encroach on Nadal's territory.

For the second year running Federer opted against playing at the French Open to spare his knees, but will be favorite to win Wimbledon next month and re-establish a four Grand Slam gap over Nadal on the list of all-time collectors of major titles.

The Spaniard, who turned 32 during his Roland Garros fortnight, was once again at his grinding, unflinching, un-giving best as he downed Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in Sunday's final.

Victory at Roland Garros on Sunday proved memorable for Rafael Nadal, with the Spaniard securing his 11th success at the French Open, although he's since made clear that he was bothered by hand cramps in the third set which alarmed him due to the humidity.

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In Madrid, Thiem said the key was to be positive against Nadal.

"That's my biggest goal, to get into the next one and then to do it better than today", he said.

Nadal, meanwhile, continued to underline his dominance in Paris, clinching his 11th French Open crown with a straight-sets win over Dominic Thiem.

German footballer Mario Gotze - who is not in Russian Federation with the national team but who scored the winning goal for his team in the final in Brazil four years ago - also paid tribute to Nadal.

"If you tell me seven, eight years ago that I will be here. having this trophy with me again, I will tell you that is something nearly impossible", Nadal said.

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It was the first time in three years that Nadal had dropped a set in Paris.

Up a break at 2-1 in the third set, Nadal stopped serving after a fault because he couldn't straighten his left middle finger.

This was the Austrian's first shot at a Grand Slam and his opponent's vast experience ultimately paid off despite his visible toil and hard work.

Everyone is used to seeing Rafael Nadal dominate the clay-court season, particularly in Paris.

In a 10-minute second game of the second set, Thiem suffered more trauma.

Nadal is now up to 17 Grand Slam titles, second all time to Roger Federer.

Written off as fading forces two years ago, Nadal, 32, and Roger Federer, approaching 37, have won the last six Grand Slam titles between them.

"Tough moment", Nadal would say later.

The Spaniard was quick to hammer home his advantage at the start of the second, converting his fifth break point of a lengthy game as Thiem's usually trusty backhand let him down. Another forehand victor from Nadal found a corner, and Thiem yelled toward his coach.

The number of Masters 1000 titles won by Nadal, the most by a single player since the series began in 1990.

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