Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for 11th French Open title

Grant SmithJun 11, 2018

It is Nadal's 11th singles title at Roland Garros, five more than any other man in the Open Era. Puerta was to later fail a drugs test and handed an eight-year ban, eventually reduced to two years.

"It's wonderful now, I can't describe my feelings", Nadal told the crowd on Philippe Chatrier Court moments after capturing his 17th Grand Slam trophy with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory. After guzzling water during that break, Nadal felt better and was back to playing his unmistakable brand of almost unbeatable clay-court tennis.

He again also shattered Federer's hopes of becoming only the third man in history to hold all four majors.

- Nadal avenged his defeat to the Swede at Roland Garros 12 months earlier.

Australian tennis legend Ken Rosewall told the crowd he would have liked to see a few more sets. Thiem was hammering every ball that he could, and Nadal was responding with his classic clay court defense.

79 is the number of career titles that Nadal presently holds, which is fourth in the all-time list behind Jimmy Connors (109), Federer (97), and Ivan Lendl (94).

Nadal -5.5 games is available on the Exchange at [1.68] and given the fact that Nadal has tended to dominate Thiem on non-quick clay, this should be a very likely outcome if Nadal wins the final.

Beaten French Open finalist Dominic Thiem believes this won't be his only shot at Grand Slam glory.

11 is the number of times he has won in French Open final.

He still won the game anyway before summoning the doctor and trainer courtside.

Here are the list of numbers behind Rafael Nadal's 11th French Open crown.

There are just three weeks to go until Wimbledon; with Andy Murray's participation in doubt and Novak Djokovic off form and nursing his elbow, Nadal will surely be up there with Roger Federer as the favourites for the biggest title of the year.

The Austrian won just one point in falling 2-0 behind but got back on serve immediately courtesy of two pinpoint forehands, and three rescued break points over games four and six were further evidence of his growing confidence.

"It's really just incredible".

Up in the stands, Nadal's uncle Toni, his former coach, was nervous, too, "because I thought maybe we can have a problem", he said.

Nadal's welling eyes during the trophy ceremony provided a moment of vulnerability after a match that had very few of them, apart from a freaky interlude in the third set when Nadal abruptly stopped mid-service game with a disconcerted expression and left the baseline to request medical attention for a cramping left hand.

"He was playing very well, I think, and there is a reason why he won 11 times here", Thiem added.

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