Nadal Grabs 11th French Open Title With Win Over Dominic Thiem

  • Nadal Grabs 11th French Open Title With Win Over Dominic Thiem

Nadal Grabs 11th French Open Title With Win Over Dominic Thiem

The world No. 1 wasn't as invincible this year - there may have been an injury issue - but he was still plenty good enough at the grand slam where he is virtually unbeatable.

Spain's Rafael Nadal defeated Austria's Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in the final of the French Open on Sunday to win the season's second Grand Slam for a record 11th time. He removed the tape from his left wrist and seemed to take a tablet. "It's impossible to think something like this".

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.

After claiming his 17th career Grand Slam title, Nadal was set to retain his top position at the latest ATP rankings ahead of arch rival Roger Federer.

Court's titles at her home Major came in 1960-66, 1969-71 and 1973.

His all-time record is now an outlandish 86-2 at the French Open.

As the saying goes, there are only three certainties in life: Death, taxes and Rafael Nadal on clay.

He hit a forehand long for 0-30 and then hit another forehand into the net to gift Nadal three set points. But from 4-all in the opening set, Nadal grabbed five games in a row and was in charge.

Thiem beat Nadal on clay twice, including last month in Madrid that ended Nadal's 21-match winning streak on clay and his streak of 50 straight sets won on his favorite surface.

Why? Nadal was 95-0 when capturing the opener on clay in the best of five format.

But once a competive first set went the way of the world number one, the plan became damage limitation and Nadal's "undecima" never looked in any doubt.

The much-awaited face-off between Nadal and Thiem is scheduled to start at 6.30pm IST on Sunday. At 24 years old, there's still plenty of time for the Austrian to leave his mark on the sport. But the unrelenting Nadal continued to fire winners from behind the baseline and again broke early, consolidating for a 3-1 lead.

Thiem dug in - especially in the roughly 13-minute sixth game - but he crumbled attempting to stay in the set, making four unforced errors. I can't see past another Nadal victory but believe Thiem will take a set off the great man.

He still occasionally inconvenienced the reigning champion, not least when a deft drop shot brought up a point to break back at 2-4.

His lone opportunity of the set indeed vanished.

But Thiem showed resilience in getting two break points on Nadal's serve.