Nadal - The King of Clay- Wins 11th French Open Title

Nadal - The King of Clay- Wins 11th French Open Title

Ross Houston
June 11, 2018

The Spaniard's reign on the clay of Roland Garros has been unprecedented and has been one of the surest things in tennis history. The clay of Paris is the clay of Nadal, who has fallen in victory six times to his back and thrice to his knees, plus the two occasions standing, winding up 10 times behind the baseline and one sprawled between the service boxes, living a single dream of many so very many times.

Spaniard Nadal reclaimed his French Open title 12 months ago without dropping a set and triumphed at the U.S. Open.

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.

"Tough moment in the third set when I got a little bit cramped on the hand", Nadal said. "When someone wins 11 times here, for me it's unbelievable", he told reporters.

Nadal has now won 17 Grand Slam titles - three lesser than great rival Roger Federer - and matched the all-time record of most titles won at the same Grand Slam event set by Margaret Court at the Australian Open during the 1960s and 70s.

Rafael Nadal defended his French Open title defeating Dominic Thiem in dominating fashion 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

Serena struggled to find her best in the early going, relying on experience and guile to work her way past Kristyna Pliskova (not to be confused with sister and World No. 6, Karolina) and Ashleigh Barty.

An edgy Thiem won only one of the first eight points as Nadal, cheered to the rafters when he walked on court, bristled with intent.

Nadal endured a nervy conclusion to the final, however, when he needed treatment in the fourth game of the final set for a finger injury before sealing victory on a fifth match point when Thiem fired a backhand long. And of course, with it being on clay, Nadal is an overwhelming favorite. Over the last two tournaments, he's lost one set.

Nadal is keen to overtake the 36-year-old in the future, although he is adamant that it's not worth obsessing over.

Cape Town - Rafael Nadal's 11th French Open victory on Sunday saw him break the $100 million barrier in career prize money.

"Because I don't ever have a watch, so I don't how many seconds anyone is taking".

Nadal struck 26 winners to Thiem's 34 yet made only 24 unforced errors to Thiem's 42, with "unforced errors" a relative term in Nadal Roland Garros matches.

"Rafa, I just want to say well done", he said at the post-match presentation.

Well, we never thought we'd see the day, but that rather exciting prospect came true during the Laver Cup in Prague a year ago.

"Rafael Nadal on Chatrier in the final of Roland Garros - no man has won this match", he added.

He is now entered to play the Queen's Club tournament next week.

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