Rafael Nadal defeats Dominic Thiem to win 11th French Open

  • Rafael Nadal defeats Dominic Thiem to win 11th French Open

Rafael Nadal defeats Dominic Thiem to win 11th French Open

Part of that probably can be traced to Serena Williams' 16-month absence from the sport's four most prestigious tournaments because she became a mother.

The number of Grand Slam singles titles now held by Nadal, who is second on the all-time list among men in the Open Era, behind Federer (20), and ahead of Pete Sampras (14), Djokovic and Roy Emerson (12 each). Of course, I have ambition, of course.

Two breaks later Nadal was in a familiar position, serving for the title, and when another Thiem forehand dropped long, his arms were raised in celebration, yet again.

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.

Nadal, 32, has won six major titles on grass and hardcourts, but clay is his natural element, like water for Michael Phelps or snow for Marcel Hirscher. Federer, who skipped the clay-court season, plans to play Wimbledon next month to chase No. 21.

"You can't be frustrated always if somebody has more money than you, if somebody has a bigger house than you, if somebody has more grand slams than you".

"I have never been insane about this kind of stuff".

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"And that doesn't mean that I will not keep fighting for more chances in the future, in the next tournaments".

Rafael Nadal extends his record at Roland Garros to 86 victories and just two losses.

Nadal coasts to a record 10th French Open title, demolishing Wawrinka in a brutally one-sided final which also earns the Spaniard a 15th Grand Slam crown.

- Turned professional in 2001 and won the junior Davis Cup with Spain in 2002.

It was his only appearance before winning the Masters title in Monte Carlo in April, backing that up with victory at the Barcelona Open and another Masters title in Rome.

The world No. 1 wasn't as invincible this year - there may have been an injury issue - but he was still plenty good enough at the grand slam where he is virtually unbeatable.

"I feel very lucky to all of the things that have happened to me".

The next few games were an absolute treat for fans of clay court tennis.

Juan Martin del Potro, who was run ragged by the world number one on Court Philippe Chatrier in this year's semi-finals, was right to state that it's nearly impossible to beat Nadal on clay.

The 24-year-old finally reached the Roland Garros showpiece after losing in the semi-finals in 2016 and 2017.

"Well, for me it's hard to explain because it becomes a little bit natural, no?"

Thiem did at least remind Nadal of his age, saying; "I can still remember being 11 when (Nadal) won here for the first time and I watched on the TV".

"Honestly, I never expected that one day I would play the finals here so I am still really happy". "When someone wins 11 times here, for me it's unbelievable to think about this", said uncle Toni.

In contrast, there are eight women now younger than 28 who have been Grand Slam singles finalists.

Representing team Europe, the legendary Roger Federer stepped onto the court with his doubles partner Rafael Nadal as the crowd looked on in awe.