Rafael Nadal wins record 11th French Open Title, 17th Grand Slam triumph

World number one Rafael Nadal won his 11th French Open crown after beating Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets by 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in the Final.

The Spaniard edged an intense opening set, tightening his grip in the second. And despite having cramp in the third set he increased the tempo further and knocked Thiem out in his first major final. While, Thiem is the only person who beat Nadal on Clay Court over the past two seasons he did that in Rome on May 2017 and at Madrid last month.

The No. 7-seeded Thiem, was appearing in a major final for the first time. Not much more of a daunting task than doing so against Nadal at the French Open, where he is now 11-0 in finals and 86-2 overall. He was at his destructive best, using his athleticism and mental resilience to wear the Austrian down with his relentless shot-making.

With the next generation of players finding it hard to break the veterans’ stranglehold on the game as this victory of World No.1, means the past six Grand Slam titles have been won by either Nadal or Federer.

He now achieved 17 major titles the second best just three short of Roger Federer who will return at Wimbledon next month in pursuit of his ninth title there after resting from French Open.

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