Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for his 11th French Open title

The Spaniard beat Austrian Dominic Thiem, who was making his first appearance in a Grand Slam final, in straight sets; 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

Nadal's win-loss record in Roland Garros finals, which is the best in a Grand Slam final among men in the Open Era, ahead of Sampras (7-0, Wimbledon), Djokovic (6-0, Australian Open) and Borg (6-0, French Open).

In winning another French Open title, Nadal dropped one set the entire tournament.

It was hard not to feel sympathy for Thiem, playing in his first grand slam final against a man who simply does not lose this particular battle. He is now three grand slam titles short of Roger Federer, the pair having shared the past six slam titles between them.

Thiem was trying to become only the second Austrian grand slam champion after Tomas Muster's 1995 Paris triumph and played his part in the tussle that lasted two hours and 42 minutes, but was unable to sustain the high-octane tennis needed to unnerve Nadal.

He said it was because he had started the clay-court season with "some doubts" before going on to win a record-extending 11th title at Roland Garros.

When he was recovering from injury this year, for the umpteenth time in his career, he was focused on this title and nothing - certainly not Dominic Thiem - was going to stand in his way.

He saved three break points in his first service game but a wayward backhand ensured Nadal took the fourth.

"If you tell me seven, eight years ago that I will be here. having this trophy with me again, I will tell you that is something nearly impossible", Nadal said.

If there were any reason for a bit of intrigue entering Sunday, it was this: Thiem beat Nadal on red clay at Rome in May 2017 and again at Madrid last month. When a return went long on a fifth match point, Nadal raised his arms in joy.

"It's not even a dream to win here 11 times, because it's impossible to think of something like this".

"I felt that I was not able to move the hand, the finger", he said.

"Winning 11 times is definitely one of the best things somebody ever achieved in sport".

Until 4-all, 15-all in the opening set, to be precise.

Over the best-of-five sets on clay, Nadal improved to 111-2 - it is a figure nearly as imposing as the nearby Eiffel Tower - his lone reverses coming against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015 at the French Open. A volley into the net.

Nadal slides across the clay.

The number of Masters 1000 titles won by Nadal, the most by a single player since the series began in 1990. Midway through the opening set, Nadal's aqua T-shirt was so soaked with sweat it stuck to him, so he changed into a fresh one at a changeover, drawing catcalls from spectators.