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Awe-inspiring Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open title

Tennis icon Federer'may sign $300 million deal French Open: Rafael Nadal obliterates Dominic Thiem to claim record 11th title
Cassandra Castillo | 11 June, 2018, 12:15

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Nadal, 32, won 6-4 6-3 6-2 to earn his 17th Grand Slam, three adrift of Roger Federer's all-time men's record.

Nadal won his record 11th title at Roland Garros on Sunday, beating Thiem in straight sets on Philippe Chatrier. Of course, I have ambition, of course.

"I have never been insane about this kind of stuff", said Nadal.

This was the Austrian's first shot at a Grand Slam and his opponent's vast experience ultimately paid off despite his visible toil and hard work.

Either Federer or Nadal has captured each of the last six Grand Slam championships.

He joined Australia's Margaret Court as the only player to win 11 titles at the same major, while the victory also took his record at Roland Garros to 86 wins and just two losses.

"But I never have been insane about all this kind of stuff". You can't live with that feeling. You have to do your way. "I know I've had an fantastic career so I want to keep fighting for these things".

Ruthless Nadal proved far too good for Kevin Anderson as he claimed a 16th Grand Slam title at the US Open.

Nadal had come into the year's second Grand Slam high on confidence, after wins in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome. And I did it in the past when I was much younger, quicker, because I played back to back. "I am sure you'll win here in the next couple of years".

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"I arrived so-so, with some doubts about this clay-court season". Dominic Thiem showed over the course of this tournament that he is more than ready to take the reins.

"I would love to be playing in as many places as possible, but you understand I need to check how I feel in the next couple of days", said Nadal as he pondered his preparation for Wimbledon which gets underway in three weeks' time.

"When he won here the first four or five times, I was always watching it".

Known as the "King of Clay", Rafael Nadal has dominated the French Open ever since his first tournament in 2005.

Thiem lost to Nadal in the second round on his Roland Garros debut in 2014, then again in last year's semi-finals.

"Honestly, I never expected that one day I would play the finals here so I am still really happy".

In contrast, there are eight women now younger than 28 who have been Grand Slam singles finalists. Thiem was not easily cowed down by the Nadal forehand, nor the Popeye-bicep it finished off on.

Ex-Real Madrid and Portugal footballer Luis Figo: Congratulations! But it all starts over again at Roland Garros.

Once he moved two sets ahead it merely became a race against time for Nadal to finish the match off before the rain arrived. Amazing! What a machine!

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