Rafael Nadal Wins 11th French Open, 17th Major Title Overall

Jun 10 2018 Paris France Rafael Nadal poses with the trophy after his men's singles final against Dominic Thiem on day 15

Nadal brushed aside Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-3 6-2 on Court Philippe Chatrier to add to his record haul at Roland Garros. Thiem, 24, is the only player to beat Nadal on clay in the past two years.

It's been four years since Halep reached her first Slam final, losing in three sets to Maria Sharapova in Paris.

In fact the only thing to trouble Nadal unduly was a tightening up of his arm midway through the third set.

"Dominic is an opponent who is very aggressive, very hard to play, with big shots". But that is sport.

"It is always my dream to win this trophy, you all know how important the tournament is to me", the King of Clay told the crowd.

"This is perfection. They are the best players in the world and are proving that even when your body is not as young as it was, when one still has the drive and is well prepared, nothing replaces talent and strong will", said French Open tournament director Guy Forget, a former top-10 player and French Davis Cup and Fed Cup captain.

Nadal, Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray - the so-called Big Four - have dominated the men's game to such a degree that Thiem is only the second player now younger than 28 to have reached a major singles final. The Spaniard's 11th Monte Carlo title and his eighth Rome title were his 31st and 32nd Masters titles, respectively, breaking a tie with Djokovic, who has won 30.

The Spaniard's great rival Roger Federer sat out the clay court season to stay fresh for Wimbledon, where he'll be bidding to win his 21st Grand Slam title and second this year after success at the Australian Open in January.

As if the task was not daunting enough for Thiem, the early signs were even more ominous.

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Nadal endured a nervy conclusion to the final, however, when he needed treatment in the fourth game of the third set for a finger injury before sealing victory on a fifth match point when Thiem fired a backhand long.

It was the only blow he landed all afternoon.

The only thing that could stop Nadal now was surely an injury. He had the trainers visit his chair repeatedly, which may have supplied some viewers with mild intrigue.

It made no difference as the punishment continued, with Thiem looking up to his coach and shrugging as another forehand whistled past him.

With the first set in the bag, Nadal loosened up and won the second set fairly convincingly. Thiem did not wind up with the trophy he really wanted.

Roland Garros runner-up Dominic Thiem also improved his ranking by a solitary rung, finding himself in the seventh spot.

"I kind of expected Rafa to win the French Open, that's not taking anything away from him but he was again that good on clay leading into the French Open that I thought he was going to win", he told a news conference.

"I'm hoping I will be there [in contention at Wimbledon], but Roger Federer has obviously got a phenomenal record on grass", he said.

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