Rafael Nadal wins another French Open crown

In full control of the French Open final, a rather familiar position for him, Rafael Nadal suddenly was anxious.

Seemingly cruising to victory, that's when Nadal called for the trainer. Enhorabuena 11x victor Roland Garros.

If there were any reason for a bit of intrigue entering Sunday's match, it was this: Thiem beat Nadal in two sets on red clay at Rome in May 2017 and again at Madrid last month.

The victory also allowed the 32-year-old Nadal to hold onto the No. 1 ranking, just ahead of Federer.

The number of consecutive Grand Slam tournaments now won by a man aged 30 or older, the longest streak of its kind in the Open Era.

"In the third set I noticed I had cramps in my left hand, I was scared because there was a lot of humidity", he explained in his post-match interview.

For an instant, before it became clear that he could continue, the unthinkable seemed possible.

"Tough moment", Nadal would say later.

"I was not able to move the hand, the finger", Nadal said. "I was not under control of my [middle] finger".

"But for me, I believe that there are limited chances in your career". Its all square now in the first set, 2-2.

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"What you did and what you are doing", Thiem told Nadal during the trophy ceremony, "is one of the most outstanding things that any athlete is doing in any sport". Some paying customers at Philippe Chatrier or watching from a distance may have shared that sentiment - a predictable yearning for a close, competitive encounter.

After winning 26 of his 27 matches throughout the European claycourt season and 81 of his last 86 sets on clay, there is nothing to suggest Nadal's domination in Paris will end soon. After Nadal won the first, there was an air of inevitability. And of course, with it being on clay, Nadal is an overwhelming favorite.

Against many other opponents - maybe any other - Thiem would have made things interesting.

For Thiem, playing in his first Slam final, it was a tremendous letdown for a player who is the only man to have beaten the Spaniard on clay in the last two years.

Thiem found some life and threatened with a break point in the seventh game, but Nadal broke his pace with a drop shot and finished it off with a passing shot, holding for 5-2. 17 is an wonderful number.' He also spoke about what it means for him to win here so many times: 'It's true that in my career, I achieved much more than what I ever dreamed.

"I still remember when you won here the first time in 2005. But I can't always be thinking of more", he said.

"Of course I have ambition".

"I've never been insane about this kind of stuff".

"You can't be frustrated if somebody has more money than you, if somebody has a bigger house than you, if somebody has more Grand Slams than you", said Nadal, who will be top seed at Wimbledon.

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