Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Nadal Looks To Avoid An Upset At French Final

Nadal Looks To Avoid An Upset At French Final

In a historic game, Rafael Nadal defeated Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets 6-4, 6-3,6-2 to earn his eleventh French Open championship.

However, it was not all smooth sailing for Nadal on Sunday, as he started suffering cramps on his left hand in the third set. At the following changeover, Nadal was given a salt pill by a doctor and had his left forearm massaged by a trainer.

Federer (9 at Halle, 8 at Basel) and Argentine clay-court legend Guillermo Vilas (8, Buenos Aires) are the male players with the next highest number of titles at a tournament below Grand Slam level.

Broadcaster ITV has had all the coverage of the French Open this year.

"Yes, and it's going to take probably one or two more years", said Gunter Bresnik, Thiem's coach.

Thiem reacted well to going a break down, setting up two break points of his own with a crosscourt forehand and claiming the second with another forehand victor.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Dominic Thiem was vying for his first Grand Slam title on Sunday.


Though Thiem may pose a threat to Nadal's dominance, he has endured some struggles at Roland Garros.

After winning just one point in the first two games, Thiem dragged himself back into the contest, only to throw away the opening set with an erratic 10th game as he was broken to love.

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic have won the French Open for their first Grand Slam title in women's doubles. Early in the match it looked as though Thiem could make it a long day for the king of France.

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.

Rafael Nadal tears up after lifting his 11th French Open title.

Because there's still no beating Nadal on Parisian clay in the final weekend at Roland Garros. He's won a record-setting 10 titles on the clay at Roland Garros and often finished off his final opponents in straight sets.

That seemed more and more certain as the third set went on.

The No. 7-seeded Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, is appearing in his first Grand Slam final.

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