Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win record 11th Roland Garros title


Nadal won his record-extending 11th championship at the French Open on Sunday, overcoming a late problem with a finger on his racket-swinging hand and displaying his foe-rattling best for a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory over No. 7 seed Thiem, the only person to beat the Spaniard on clay over the past two seasons. Of course, I have ambition, of course. "I can't be always thinking of more".

It finished 6-4, 6-3, 6-2, the result earning Nadal his 17th major title. You can't be frustrated if somebody have more money than you, if somebody have a bigger house than you, if somebody have more Grand Slams than you.

"I've never been insane about this kind of stuff".

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"What you did and what you are doing", Thiem told Nadal during the trophy ceremony, "is one of the most outstanding things that any athlete is doing in any sport". I play for my happiness, and I know that I had already, yeah, an fantastic career.

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.

After Roland Garros, Nadal's win-loss record on clay stands at 415-36.

He pulled out of planned appearances in Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami before returning at the start of April for Spain's Davis Cup tie against Germany. So coming back and have the chance to win in Monte-Carlo, Barcelona, Rome, and now especially here, yeah, it's very emotional for me.

At the age of 19, he became the first teenager to win a major singles title since Pete Sampras at the US Open in 1990. I'm very emotional, no? And to arrived so-so, with some doubts with this clay court season. Now, following the final won over Dominic Thiem, he said the same thing.

"I think today I played my best match of the tournament", Nadal said.

"Of course it's going to be easier, a little bit, because it's not going to be the first time anymore".

Rafael Nadal described his performance at the French Open previous year, when he didn't surrender a set, as "perfect".

However, he fell to a third successive straight-set defeat by the Spaniard at the French Open. However, here a year ago in the semi-finals, Nadal destroyed Thiem, losing just seven games in a rout, but it is worth mentioning that Thiem triumphed in their last meeting in Madrid last month, in the quarter-finals.

The 32-year-old is also the first man to win the same tournament 11 times, Margaret Court the only other tennis player in history to do so at the Australian Open.

"It's unbelievable, bravo. I saw you win this in 2005 when I was just 11 years old".

"Yes, and it's going to take probably one or two more years", said Gunter Bresnik, Thiem's coach. But this will be the first time they've met in a Grand Slam final. Nadal appeared to take more tablets.

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In 2005, the Spaniard defeated the unheralded Mariano Puerta in the final to begin a winning monopoly at Roland Garros.