Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open title

Sunday's French Open final followed a similar pattern as Rafael Nadal once again emerged victorious on the Roland Garros clay, marking his 11th success in the competition over the course of his illustrious career. Not much more of a daunting task than doing so against this particular opponent at the French Open, where Nadal is now 11-0 in finals and 86-2 overall.

The 24-year old, who is making his Grand Slam final debut, has already lost twice to Nadal in Paris, but said that he has a strategy already worked out.

No stranger to rewriting the record books along with his friendly rival, Roger Federer, here is another feat for the Spaniard: He joined Margaret Court in becoming the only tennis players in history to win the same grand slam 11 times. The Austrian won just one of the first nine points as Nadal immediately broke for 2-0.

There seemed a sense of inevitability about the contest when Nadal consolidated his lead by taking advantage in the Austrian's first service game of the second set with his fifth break-point opportunity. He converted the second to make the score 2-1.

The 10-time champion is playing Dominic Thiem.

But against Thiem, there was nothing wrong with Nadal's start.

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The trophy was carried into the Court Philippe Chatrier in a brown box during a brief ceremony before play begins and unveiled by the two stars of music and screen.

They knocked out the top-seeded pair of Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in the quarterfinals.

Rafael Nadal bids for his record-extending 11th French Open championship when he faces Dominic Thiem in the final.

While it may be a few years until Nadal is no longer at the peak of his powers on clay, Thiem looks like a worthy successor to the Spaniard.

Thiem used to hike through the Alps in his homeland as part of his training, but the 24-year-old had an even bigger mountain to climb now.

The women's doubles final is also Sunday. There is a slight chance of rain, but not until later in the afternoon after 5pm.

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