‘King of Clay’ Rafael Nadal Wins 11th French Open

Rafael Nadal Dominic Thiem

Rafael Nadal Dominic Thiem

Dominic Thiem was vying for his first Grand Slam title on Sunday.

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There was still fight in Thiem, though, and he had a break point when Nadal served at 4-2 ― a game in which the Spaniard was warned for taking too long to serve.

"It's really just incredible". That gave Thiem the smallest of windows to upset the greatest tennis player to step on a clay court in the sport's history.

"Unfortunately, he could get destroyed", Bresnik said. I played my best match of the tournament, it's unbelievable and I'm very happy'.

"He was playing very well, I think, and there is a reason why he won 11 times here", Thiem added.

"Many thanks. I hope to see you again next year", he told the crowd.

Thiem had been the only player to have beaten Nadal on clay in the last two years - in Rome last year and Madrid this year - but at no stage did he pose a real threat to Nadal who went from strength to strength as the match went on.

The 32-year-old Spaniard clinched his 17th Grand Slam title, which moves him within three of Roger Federer (20). "I am sure you'll win here in the next couple of years".

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

With a celebrity audience - including actors Hugh Grant and Tim Roth as well as French stars Marion Cotillard and Jean Dujardin - watching, Nadal flew out of the blocks. He won the first six points and broke for 2-0.

The Austrian speared a 222 km/h ace just for good measure in the fourth game to save a breakpoint.

But Thiem showed resilience in getting two break points on Nadal's serve.

Rafael Nadal has consolidated his lead in the French Open final by breaking Dominic Thiem in the Austrian's first service game of the second set.

Nadal had 12 unforced errors.

Thiem and Nadal have had nine career meetings and all of them have come on clay.

Nadal entered Sunday's final 85-2 lifetime at Roland Garros, and that fact alone put Thiem in a precarious position before the proceedings even got underway. Thiem withstood a barrage of break points to hold in a marathon sixth game, which he thought he had won at 40-30 when he left a wide ball, only for the umpire to overrule the line judge.

Despite the loss, the 24-year-old Austrian said it had been a "great two weeks" for him.

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