Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Nadal scales heights again to claim 11th French title

Nadal scales heights again to claim 11th French title

Nadal has now won three Grand Slam titles since turning 30 and only three men, Federer, Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall, who handed over the Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy on Sunday, have managed more, having done it four times.

The Spaniard now inches closer to Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 Grand Slam titles.

Thiem was trying to become only the second Austrian grand slam champion after Tomas Muster's 1995 Paris triumph and played his part in the tussle that lasted two hours and 42 minutes, but was unable to sustain the high-octane tennis needed to unnerve Nadal.

Rafael Nadal celebrates victory following the mens singles final against Dominic Thiem. In the other semi-final, Marco Cecchinato's odd run in the last two weeks was ended by Dominic Thiem, also in straight sets, although the first two sets were somewhat closer than anything Del Potro could muster. But after, the Spaniard was imperious. "I had tough moment in the third set with cramps in my hand".

The win helped him extend his incredible run at Roland Garros to 66 wins and just one defeat over 10 years.

Thiem is the only player to have beaten Nadal on clay in the past two years - winning in best-of-three set matches in Rome and Madrid.

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"Physically, I enjoyed (it) more watching him on the couch", Thiem said with a smile. But that was only after Nadal had allowed him just two games in a last-eight mauling in Monte Carlo.

"You can't be frustrated always if somebody has more money than you, if somebody has a bigger house than you, if somebody has more grand slams than you".

Wilander has a point in regard to tennis as a whole, but as far as the 2018 Wimbledon Championships are concerned, Federer's logic is sound, taking the time to get fit for his best tournament at 36 years of age.

"You can't live with this feeling".

Unlike past year - when those first few games realistically settled things - Thiem bounced back, breaking straight away.

'But I never have been insane about all this kind of stuff.

Rafael Nadal described his performance at the French Open past year, when he didn't surrender a set, as "perfect".

"Difficult for me to think about it now", Nadal said, as per Express.

Going into this year's French Open, or even the clay season, it seemed fated to end with another Nadal victory.

Thiem, mixing heavy top-spin and flat groundstrokes and angling balls across the sidelines, saved a break point at 1-2 and two more at 2-3 and there were signs that Nadal was struggling with his timing as he framed several forehands.

In the tie-break of the tournament, Djokovic trailed 3-0, then played a couple of stunning points to save match point and give himself a couple of set points, before losing 13-11.

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