Rafael Nadal Wins 11th French Open

French Open: Rafael Nadal obliterates Dominic Thiem to claim record 11th title

The Spaniard lifted his 17th major title at Roland Garros on Sunday, downing Dominic Thiem in his 11th victory in the French capital.

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 - over-cooking several forehands.

During one stretch of the final, Nadal's hand appeared to cramp up and as he received treatment the TV cameras zoomed in on the eye-catching timepiece.

But once a competive first set went the way of the world number one, the plan became damage limitation and Nadal's "undecima" never looked in any doubt.

"Rafael Nadal is at 75 percent, is that enough to beat Thiem?".

When the trainer visited Nadal in his quarterfinal for a similar issue, Nadal said it was simply to prevent sweat from traveling to his hand.

"Probably because I had the bandage here [around his wrist], creates pressure that doesn't allow the right circulation". "Let me enjoy this title", he said, mildly. "The watch keep going always".

"It is a drastic change from clay to grass". As the players engaged in intense, long-drawn rallies, and only six games of the opening set were over after 40 minutes, there was a feeling that something had to give.

Perhaps. But under so much pressure from Nadal all afternoon, Thiem made mistakes that piled up.

Nadal completes fightback to reach 11th French Open semi-final
On the women's side, top-ranked Simona Halep will have another shot in the French Open final. Sharapova was the French Open champion in 2012 and 2014; Muguruza took the trophy in 2016.

Understandable as it was, this decision only served to make him more passive.

Congratulations for the 11th.' Gabriela Sabatini: 'Enormous Rafa 11 Roland Garros! He staved off 12 of 17 break points and converted one of three he earned.

"But it's time to check how I feel in the next couple of days". Nadal nets it, Thiem takes the point 30-all now.

"For me [it] was scary, because I felt that I was not able to move the hand, the finger", Nadal said. No, no, no, I can't - I can't be always thinking of more. In 112 best-of-five-set matches, Nadal has never lost after claiming the first set.

Later, as the Spanish anthem played, he sobbed long and hard.

Nadal now stands at 86-2 at French Open and continues to remain unbeaten in finals in Paris.

Nadal's career title count, which is now fourth on the all-time list, behind Jimmy Connors (109), Federer (97), and Ivan Lendl (94), and ahead of John McEnroe (77), whose tally he equalled and then surpassed with titles this year in Barcelona and Rome, respectively. He turned philosopher when the question was raised.

Stream every match at Roland Garros live on the FOX+ app and catch up on highlights of any action you've missed. "You have to do it your way". He caused a sensation in Rome past year by handing the Spaniard the first defeat of his clay season. He is entered into the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club, starting a week today.

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