Rafael Nadal Wins 11th French Open

Rafa Nadal goes in search of his 11th French Open title but don't count out Novak Djokovic - and what about the in-form Alexander Zverev?

Rafael Nadal has defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to win a record-extending 11th title at the French Open. He removed the tape from his left wrist and seemed to take a tablet. Court claimed the last of her 11 at the Australian Open in 1973.

Some wishful anticipation had been made of the fact that, 30 days prior, Thiem had beaten Nadal on the clay of Madrid, but Thiem reminded everyone Friday that the clay of Madrid is not the clay of Paris.

At least Thiem has in the past found the key to unravelling the Nadal clay court enigma.

"I am sure you will win here in the next couple of years", Nadal told Thiem afterward.

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

Diego Schwartzman has come closest this fortnight to become the third man to beat Nadal in Paris. "They are the first set is everything, and the weather is everything".

Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters and James Bond actress Lea Seydoux have unveiled the Musketeers Cup that will be won by either Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem in the French Open final.

The number of consecutive sets won on clay by Nadal, breaking the previous record for most consecutive sets won on a single surface by McEnroe, who won 49 on carpet in 1984.

Thiem saved a first breakpoint in that game but couldn't save the second, hitting a forehand wide.

The No. 7-seeded Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, is appearing in his first Grand Slam final. Serving at less than 50%, Nadal got plenty of looks at second serves.

That was swatted away with Nadal's double-handed backhand, though, and the second set duly went the way of the favourite. He dropped serve on a fifth break chance.

Nadal beat the Austrian 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in a match the he dominated from the very start.

His lone opportunity of the set indeed vanished.