Rafel Nadal wins 11th French open title, beats Dominic Thiem


World number one Rafael Nadal won his 11th French Open title by beating Austria’s Dominic Thiem in straight sets.
Nadal won 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to earn his 17th Grand Slam, three less than Roger Federer’s all-time men’s record.

The Spaniard started with an intense opening set, tightening his grip in the second and he increased the tempo further to defeat Thiem in his first major final.

Nadal is the only second player in history to win the same Grand Slam on 11 occasions after Margaret Court, who won 11 Australian Open titles between 1960 and 1973.

Nadal has lost only twice in 87 matches since making his debut in 2005. He had breezed through his opening four matches without dropping a set – extending his own personal best to 37 consecutive sets here. He fell short of Bjorn Borg’s all-time record of 41 by losing the opener of his quarter-final against Diego Schwartzman.

Against Thiem he was at his destructive best, using his athleticism and mental resilience to wear the Austrian down with his relentless shot-making.

Thiem, playing in his first Grand Slam final, simply had few answers to Nadal’s brilliance.