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

Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay, Wins His 11th French Open Title

Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay, Wins His 11th French Open Title

Could he shock the world and defeat Nadal at Roland Garros? He's already made history.

"I arrived so-so, with some doubts about this clay-court season". In addition, should Nadal not feature in Wimbledon this year, he will lose his No. 1 ranking if Federer retains his grass titles but the 11-time French Open victor is not anxious about the rankings.

Nadal's win-loss record at the French Open, his only two losses coming against Swede Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and against Djokovic in the quarterfinals in 2015.

The trainer was called at 30-0 and his intervention appeared to alleviate Nadal's discomfort, who regained his composure, held his serve and then managed to break again in the sixth game before holding out for his 17th Grand Slam title.

He said: "Let me enjoy this title".

"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".

For the first time ever Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal picked up two grand slam titles each, and the thrilling Australian Open final between the two evergreen legends was a reminder of why the match-up is viewed by most observers as the greatest rivalry in tennis, and possibly even in all of sport. The watch keeps going always.

World number one Rafael Nadal won an 11th French Open title by beating Austria's Dominic Thiem in straight sets. Later when Nadal had lost in Madrid Masters to Thiem, he was once again crowned the number one only to be snatched away by the Spaniard following his victory at Rome Masters.

An edgy Thiem won only one of the first eight points as Nadal, cheered to the rafters when he walked on court, bristled with intent.

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On Sunday, Thiem was right out there at Court Philippe Chatrier, too, making his initial appearance in a major final, swapping shots with that very same Nadal.

He has come close in Paris before, losing in the semifinals past year (to Nadal) and in 2016 (to Novak Djokovic).

Federer will return for the upcoming grass season and when asked about his record, Nadal said he has "no obsession" about matching and overtaking the Swiss superstar's achievements.

Nadal is 50-2 on the surface in that span. He's a good friend, one of these players that the tour needs.

After a three-minute delay, Nadal marched back to his mark and completed the second half of a double-fault. "I think I have showed that I can this week", insisted Zverev.

Rafael Nadal says he will speak with his team to decide on whether he will participate at Wimbledon next month following his 11th French Open win.

Nadal, 32, won 6-4 6-3 6-2 to earn his 17th Grand Slam, three adrift of Roger Federer's all-time men's record.

Unlike a year ago - when those first few games realistically settled things - Thiem bounced back, breaking straight away.

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