French Open 2018: Rafael Nadal chases Margaret Court’s all-time record

Grant SmithJun 11, 2018

However, it was not all smooth sailing for Nadal on Sunday, as he started suffering cramps on his left hand in the third set.

Nadal called on the trainer to get his forearms massaged twice in the final set but even that problem failed to improve Thiem's chances of emulating fellow Austrian Thomas Muster's 1995 triumph.

Nadal has now won 17 Grand Slam titles - three lesser than great rival Roger Federer - and matched the all-time record of most titles won at the same Grand Slam event set by Margaret Court at the Australian Open during the 1960s and 70s.

The Spaniard also won the title without losing a set, becoming the third man to do so in the Open era after Ilie Nastase and Borg. The Austrian does possess all the tools to trouble Nadal, but successfully doing it over the course of at least three sets might be too uphill a task for the first time Grand Slam finalist. Well done, I'm sure you will win here in the next few years'.

Nadal has been the best clay court player in the world for over a decade, but Thiem is one of the top young talents in tennis.

Rafael Nadal's reign as the clay court king isn't ending any time soon. But the unrelenting Nadal continued to fire winners from behind the baseline and again broke early, consolidating for a 3-1 lead.

Dominic Thiem
Can Dominic Thiem win his first Grand Slam title on Sunday?CHRISTOPHE SIMON AFP Getty Images

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. Further proof: He has lost only one set in the past two years at Roland Garros. Key in that regard was his backhand, which consistently flustered Thiem, who didn't have the same bag of tricks at his disposal. Thiem withstood a barrage of break points to hold in a marathon sixth game, which he thought he had won at 40-30 when he left a wide ball, only for the umpire to overrule the line judge.

The Austrian is never one to hide his frustration, but then the sheer relentlessness of Nadal on clay would wear anyone down.

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic have won the French Open for their first Grand Slam title in women's doubles.

Ever since winning his first title at Roland Garros as a 19-year-old in 2005, Nadal has owned the red dirt.

And in 2012, he surpassed Borg's record to become the most successful player in French Open history with his seventh crown.

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