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Rafael Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open crown

11 June 2018, 04:56 | Pamela Mathis

ESPN's Nicolas Pereira breaks down Rafael Nadal's record 11th French Open title following his win in straight sets over Austria's Dominic Thiem.

As the sound of Nadal's ball-striking groans echoing through Court Philippe Chatrier has become one of the melodic fixtures of Paris, he has won the French Open more than anybody has won anything among the four coveted majors, with the exception of Margaret Court's 11 Australian Open titles, four won during the Open Era that began in 1968.

There is a little advantage Dominic Thiem could take during the French Open final against Rafael Nadal: the weather.

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.

The younger challengers struggle to land a punch, and the last six men's Grand Slam titles have now gone in the sequence of Federer-Nadal-Federer-Nadal-Federer-Nadal.

Nadal will have Federer's record of 20 Grand Slams in his sights, and will be hoping to challenge the Swiss at Wimbledon at the start of July. I played my best match of the tournament, it's unbelievable and I'm very happy'. After Roland Garros, Nadal's win-loss record on clay stands at 415-36. The trainer massaged Nadal's forearms twice but it was still not good enough to halt the Spaniard and the job was complete when Thiem's backhand sailed long.

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).

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

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Of those 86 victories, 78 have come when Nadal has won the first set, after which he has never lost a match on Parisian clay.

Nadal broke serve early in all three sets against the only player who had beaten him on clay over the past two seasons.

Thiem was on the couch, watching on TV, in 2005, when Nadal earned his first Grand Slam trophy in Paris at age 19.

But he could not match Nadal's point-by-point consistency and intensity on Sunday.

Thiem however was able to hold serve regularly and had a chance to get back on serve but his break chance at 2-4 evaporated when Nadal hit a sublime drop shot, then passing shot.

But the Austrian freed his shoulders and broke back in the third game with a forehand victor - pumping his fists in the direction of coach Gunter Bresnik.

Despite matching Nadal forehand for forehand, Thiem was undone in the 10th game when three errors handed Nadal the opening set after 52 minutes on court.

Why? Nadal was 95-0 when capturing the opener on clay in the best of five format.



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