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Nadal in heaven with title No. 11 in Paris

Nadal in heaven with title No. 11 in Paris

"I think it was the first time against him here in Roland Garros where it was a fight", said Thiem, who told Nadal he remembered being 11 years old and watching the Spaniard win his first title in 2005.

World number one Rafael Nadal claimed his eleventh title at Roland Garros, defeating Dominic Thiem in straight sets on Sunday.

Spain's Rafael Nadal reacts during his men's singles final match against Austria's Dominic Thiem, on day fifteen of The Roland Garros 2018 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 10, 2018.

Thiem was playing in his first career Grand Slam final.

Either Federer or Nadal has captured each of the last six Grand Slam championships. But after, the Spaniard was imperious.

But from the moment Nadal broke serve in the 10th game to win the opening set Thiem's belief ebbed away.

Nadal called on the trainer to get his forearms massaged twice in the final set but even that problem failed to improve Thiem's chances of emulating fellow Austrian Thomas Muster's 1995 triumph.

Nadal still trails great rival Roger Federer by four major titles although the Swiss star is more than four years older.

Nadal has never lost a best-of-five match on clay after winning the first set, and Thiem was unable to change that equation.

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The Spaniard also won the title without losing a set, becoming the third man to do so in the Open era after Ilie Nastase and Borg.

That it was not was testimony to Nadal's level, which never wavered, despite everything Thiem threw at him.

"It's wonderful, I can't describe my feelings because it's not even a dream to win here 11 times", said an emotional Nadal after the final.

Ramos is now in Russian Federation with the Spanish squad as they prepare for the World Cup, but took time out to tweet in Spanish, hailing Nadal for his "dynasty on clay", calling him a "tennis legend" and "sporting hero".

It was the first time in three years that Nadal had dropped a set in Paris.

Well, Nadal has answered that question now without too much trouble.

Against seventh seed Thiem he was at his destructive best, using his athleticism and mental resilience to wear the Austrian down with his relentless shot-making. That seemed to unsettle him and he played poor game that culiminated in a wild backhand going long to give him the lead.

We picked up a victor in Friday's semi-final with Rafa Nadal comprehensively thrashing Juan Martin Del Potro, to cover the -6.5 game handicap easily.

Understandably, Thiem looked edgy as the match begun and he managed to win only one of the first eight points as Nadal, cheered loudly when he walked on court, bristled with intent.


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