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

Nadal wins 11th French Open title by beating Thiem in 3 sets


Roland-Garros hosted a final that told two stories, with Nadal easing to victory after surrendering only one set all tournament long, while Thiem looked noticeably short on stamina, particularly in the later stages of Sunday's decider.

Nadal's win-loss record in Roland Garros finals, which is the best in a Grand Slam final among men in the Open Era, ahead of Sampras (7-0, Wimbledon), Djokovic (6-0, Australian Open) and Borg (6-0, French Open).

After Simona Halep won a maiden grand slam in the women's singles yesterday, what chance does Dominic Thiem have this afternoon of making it a weekend of first-timers? However, here previous year in the semi-finals, Nadal destroyed Thiem, losing just seven games in a rout, but it is worth mentioning that Thiem triumphed in their last meeting in Madrid last month, in the quarter-finals.

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

"Tough moment in the third set when I got a little bit cramped on the hand", Nadal said. But after, the Spaniard was imperious.

A glimmer of hope was when the middle finger on his left hand started to cramp in the middle of the fourth game, causing him to take a salt tablet and have the strapping on his forearm to be removed, which is there to stop the sweat pouring onto his palms.

Prior to today's match, Nadal, 32, has won a record 10 titles in Paris and has lost only twice at the tournament since his debut in 2005.

Nadal, 32, is second behind Federer in the list of all-time Grand Slam titles, three clear of Pete Sampras in third.


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"If you told seven or eight years ago that I will be here at 32 years old having this trophy with me again, I will tell you that is something nearly impossible, but here we are".

Nadal, however, averted danger with a pass after dragging Thiem in with a deft drop-shot.

Spaniard Nadal reclaimed his French Open title 12 months ago without dropping a set and triumphed at the U.S. Open. A massive part of Nadal's legend on clay is that he makes players, however good, however aggressive, play on his terms.

But the best laid plans have been ground to earth by Nadal.

"If you tell me seven, eight years ago that I will be here. having this trophy with me again, I will tell you that is something nearly impossible", Nadal said. Serving to stay in the set at 4-5, the Austrian had Nadal scampering with a massive forehand down the line, but with the entire expanse of the court to play with, he dumped a resultant backhand volley into the net.

Thiem began to play better as the set went on, and it was only one break, but he could never earn it back, and Nadal won the second set 6-3. Thiem was hammering every ball that he could, and Nadal was responding with his classic clay court defense.

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