Nadal wins 11th French Open title

French Open: Rafael Nadal obliterates Dominic Thiem to claim record 11th title

World number one Rafael Nadal won an 11th French Open title by beating Austria's Dominic Thiem in straight sets.

"Physically I enjoyed more watching him on the couch", smiled Thiem, who was 11 years old when Nadal won his first French Open in 2005.

Nadal seemingly knows how, as on Sunday he crushed the challenge of Dominic Thiem to claim a remarkable 11th title in Paris.

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.

Sharapova had a similar story, working her way past Richel Hogenkamp and Donna Vekic before finding her feet against Karolina Pliskova with a 6-2 6-1 victory.

It will serve as a huge boost for the 20-time Grand Slam victor if he manages to win at Stuttgart and then at Halle the following week for it will enhance his chance of claiming the position of the top seed in Wimbledon. He caused a sensation in Rome past year by handing the Spaniard the first defeat of his clay season.

But ultimately, a rested Federer is an irrepressible force at Wimbledon, just as Nadal is at Roland-Garros.

And entering Sunday, there was at least some reason to believe that Thiem could make things interesting in the final. At one point finally, Thiem tried going around the post in the penultimate game, just after a Nadal cross-court backhand return seared so close over the net cord that it made the Parisians murmur. The two players were going for heavy, lung-busting shots.

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Nadal had a brief moment of weakness in the first set, when the 24-year-old Austrian broke him in the third game.

"Rafael Nadal on Chatrier in the final of Roland Garros - no man has won this match", he added.

"Honestly, I never expected that one day I would play the finals here so I am still really happy".

There was still fight in Thiem, though, and he had a break point when Nadal served at 4-2 ― a game in which the Spaniard was warned for taking too long to serve. Even more astonishingly, these two pillars of the old firm have now shared the past six majors equally between them.

"For me [it] was scary, because I felt that I was not able to move the hand, the finger", Nadal said.

Despite matching Nadal forehand for forehand, Thiem was undone in the 10th game when three errors handed Nadal the opening set after 52 minutes on court.

He set his jaw and stared off into space, downcast, as the love poured down for Nadal after the match, but managed a smile when Nadal predicted he would win a championship here.

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