Rafael Nadal faces Dominic Thiem for his 11th French Open title

Ross Houston
June 10, 2018

- Nadal breaks to love to clinch the opening set as Thiem undoes all of his earlier hard work with a third forehand unforced error of the game into the net.

Sunday marked the first time Nadal had faced a player from a younger tennis generation in a Grand Slam final.

- Nadal on what it means to win his 11th title at Roland Garros.

Taking on Nadal at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament is a whole other challenge.

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GETTYSerial winner Rafael Nadal is chasing a 17th Grand Slam title

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.

But at 4-5 Thiem's serve let him down badly, handing Nadal three set points. The Argentine ended Nadal's run of 37 consecutive sets in a rain-delayed quarter-final before the Spaniard won the contest upon the resumption on Thursday under glorious blue skies. It was his first defeat on the Parisian clay.

ITV will continue to show exclusive free to air coverage of Roland Garros until 2021, in a new rights deal announced today.

He also regained the world No 1 ranking for the first time since July 2009.


By contrast, Thiem was competing in his maiden major final and although he matched his illustrious opponent for large parts of the opening set, he crumbled at the crunch and never really regained his poise.

The deeper we get into Nadal's career, the more certain it seems that he's at worst the second-best men's tennis player in history. The previous record was four, when Australian legend Laver won all the majors in 1969 to complete the Calendar Slam. This time, there were no trademark celebrations of going down on the clay post the win while that of biting the trophy continued to remain alive.

Over the best-of-five sets on clay, Nadal improved to 111-2 - it is a figure nearly as imposing as the nearby Eiffel Tower - his lone reverses coming against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015 at the French Open.

2-nd player after Australia's Margaret Court to win a single Grand Slam title 11 times. The world No 1 lived up to his billing as the heavy favourite with a 6-3 6-3 6-4 victory over surprise finalist Anderson.


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.

Can you see Thiem denying Nadal a record-extending 11th title at Roland Garros?


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