Nadal outclasses Thiem, wins 11th French Open title

Rafael Nadal Dominic Thiem

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates a win over Juan Martin Del Potro at the 2018 French Open.

Dominic Thiem hailed Rafael Nadal's "awesome" 11th French Open title after suffering a straight-sets defeat by the king of clay in the final at Roland Garros on Sunday.

Nadal. the world's No. 1 player, has 17 career Grand Slam titles, now three behind Roger Federer for most all-time.

Thiem was under the cosh, saving four break points in the first game of the third set before Nadal inevitably broke for 2-1.

Seventh seed Thiem is the only player to have beaten Nadal on clay in the past two years, and he claimed he had a plan to thwart the Spaniard in Paris.

Thiem withstood a barrage of break points to hold in a marathon sixth game, which he thought he had won at 40-30 when he left a wide ball, only for the umpire to overrule the line judge.

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. He continued his momentum following the medical timeout, and managed to convert his fifth match point on Thiem's poor backhand in the eighth game.

After Simona Halep won a maiden grand slam in the women's singles yesterday, what chance does Dominic Thiem have this afternoon of making it a weekend of first-timers?

Rafael Nadal
GETTYSerial winner Rafael Nadal is chasing a 17th Grand Slam title

"For sure, me, I'm confident that this was not my last Grand Slam final", Thiem said, "and that's my biggest goal: to get into the next one and then to do better than today".

"I can't describe my feelings because it's not even a dream, winning here the 11th time, because it's impossible to think of something like this", Nadal said. "Bravo. To me it's been still great two weeks".

Certainly, Nadal played a role.

The Spaniard leads 4-3 in the first set.

Nadal is looking as comfortable as ever on the Philippe Chatrier court where has previously won the title 10 times.

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

The 21-year-old became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win three successive titles at Roland Garros.

To commemorate Nadal's record-breaking win, Nike is releasing a limited-edition T-shirt that features the number 11 and Nadal's signature logo. Of those 86 victories, 78 have come when Nadal has won the first set, after which he has never lost a match on Parisian clay. Thiem defeated Nadal at the Madrid Masters in May and at the Rome Masters in 2017.

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