Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for 11th French Open title

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for 11th French Open title

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for 11th French Open title

"I just missed some close balls", he said.

"If you tell me seven, eight years ago that I will be here, 32 years old, having this trophy with me again, I would tell you that is something nearly impossible, but here we are". I feel very lucky to all of the things that have happened to me.

At the age of 19, he became the first teenager to win a major singles title since Pete Sampras at the US Open in 1990.

With the two heavy favourites in the semi-finals winning, we have the final that most people during the latter stages would have wanted, Nadal v Thiem, and before I discuss the data in detail, I wanted to talk about their previous meetings a little more.

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.

"Earlier in the tournament during (Robin) Haase against (David) Goffin they said "no you're not allowed any treatment, you have got to get on and play with it". So, yeah, I just went straight to my chair because I went - I didn't know even what I did".

Slow starts have plagued Nadal in several of his matches this fortnight, most notably against 11th-Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals.

Australia's Rosewall was in the crowd on Sunday to see the final, 50 years after he won the title in Paris.

On Sunday, Nadal will go up against Austria's Dominic Thiem, the eighth-ranked player in the world and someone who has defeated Nadal before.

Rafael Nadal has won his 11th French Open title thanks to a straight-sets victory over Dominic Thiem.

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. "It was just awful misses".

In Nadal's case, that way now leads on to the grass, where his last appearance in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon came seven years ago.

The first set had taken 57 minutes, in stiflingly humid conditions, but there was to be no let-up for the underdog in the second.

Rafael Nadal duly collected his 11th French Open title here on Sunday with a brutal, brilliant, resilient and ruthless performance, just as he had done 10 times before.

But he shook off the early nerves and broke back in the third game with forehand victor ― pumping his fists in the direction of coach Gunter Bresnik. He had won four French Open titles, along with the other Masters tournaments. I am enjoying that moment.

"Because I don't ever have a watch, so I don't how many seconds anyone is taking".

"Of course I would love to have 20 like Roger in the future or even more but it's not something that is on my mind". I have passion for what I am doing.

Looking at those statistics, it might be tempting to say that Nadal's triumph was never in doubt.

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