Rafael Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open crown

Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open crown

Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open crown

World number one Nadal won his 17th major by lifting his 11th French Open title on Sunday, beating seventh seed Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-3 6-2.

For the past two years, Thiem has been threatening to encroach on Nadal's territory.

However, the 32-year-old Nadal said such targets do not concern him, believing his caution is well-placed after an injury-hit career which has seen him sit out nine Grand Slam tournaments.

Victory on Sunday meant that Nadal became just the fourth man of the modern era to win three or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30, joining Federer, Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall.

Nadal retained the momentum in the second set, breaking his opponent in the second game and holding out to edge closer to yet another title at Roland Garros.

Despite there being a wave of momentum now carrying the Spaniard following such a deserved win over Thiem, Nadal's most hard task of the year is yet to come at Wimbledon.

"You can win a set, but not a match against Rafa", said Del Potro keen not to over-egg any hint of weakness in Nadal's game. Federer's 11 are at Wimbledon, and if Nadal beats Thiem on Sunday, he'll keep his flawless French final mark; he's never lost in the ultimate match at this event.

Nadal celebrated in relatively low key fashion, but then there is not much novelty value in this.

The King of Clay has done it again.

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This year, in Madrid where the courts are faster and the flies through the air because of the altitude, Thiem launched a heavy-handed attack against Nadal and emerged a 7-5, 6-3 victor.

Up a break at 2-1 in the third set, Nadal stopped serving after a fault because he couldn't straighten his left middle finger.

"There is a reason why he won 11 times here", said Thiem, a 24-year-old Austrian appearing in his first major final. I had a tough moment in the third set when I had a little bit of cramp. Federer, who skipped the clay-court season, plans to play Wimbledon next month to chase No. 21.

"I'd love to have 20 like Roger in the future or more, but it is not something in my mind".

Ruthless Nadal proved far too good for Kevin Anderson as he claimed a 16th Grand Slam title at the US Open.

Nadal's form never wavered, though, and soon enough he was celebrating his 17th Grand Slam title overall, second among men only to Roger Federer's 20.

Thiem dug in - especially in the roughly 13-minute sixth game - but he crumbled attempting to stay in the set, making four unforced errors.

Nadal got off to a dream start, pocketing the first six points of the match as he broke Thiem in the second game to open up a 2-0 lead. When he first halted play, Nadal removed that tape, which he said let his circulation improve.

Nadal plans to return to Paris in 2019 and try and clinch a 12th title at Roland Garros.

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