French Open men's final -- key points

French Open men's final -- key points

"Of course, I have ambition, I have passion for what I am doing, but I never have been insane about all this kind of stuff", Nadal told a news conference.

"What you have done, to win this tournament 11 times, is one of the greatest things in sport", a magnanimous Thiem told Nadal afterwards.

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"It's surprising because in 2017 I had gone for two years without winning a Grand Slam and I think he'd been without one since 2012, too", added Nadal.

"It's hard to explain because it becomes a little bit natural", he said at the press conference.

Why? Nadal was 95-0 when capturing the opener on clay in the best of five format.

The 32-year-old world number one now has 17 Grand Slam titles, just three behind great rival Roger Federer.

Rafael Nadal briefly interrupted the French Open final against Dominic Thiem in the third set with an apparent problem with his left wrist.

Unlike a year ago - when those first few games realistically settled things - Thiem bounced back, breaking straight away. So there was mild concern when Nadal called for the trainer for treatment.

Nadal then served out that game. Serving at less than 50%, Nadal got plenty of looks at second serves.

Nadal won the first set 6-4. "I really wanted to win", the 24-year-old Austrian said.

That shock exit prompted speculation that Nadal was finished as a heavyweight of the sport. Could Thiem provide us with a classic final?

"And the fact that I didn't give up after the one previous year here [in which she lost in three sets to Jelena Ostapenko] means that I'm strong inside and I do this just because I love this sport".

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

Perhaps. But under so much pressure from Nadal all afternoon, Thiem made mistakes that piled up.

Thiem dug in - especially in the roughly 13-minute sixth game - but he crumbled attempting to stay in the set, making four unforced errors.

He continued his momentum following the medical timeout, and managed to convert his fifth match point on Thiem's poor backhand in the eighth game.

The Spaniard edged an intense opening set, tightening his grip in the second. The Austrian had trouble with the Nadal serve, and he gave up an easy hold.

Maybe nerves were a factor in Thiem's performance.

According to ESPN, Nadal is now the first player in the Open era, male or female, to win the same Grand Slam tournament 11 times.

The crowd cheered when Zidane was shown on the big screen. Another forehand victor from Nadal found a corner, and Thiem yelled toward his coach. The Spaniard saved all the six break points faced in the first set against Juan Martin del Potro. He converted the second to make the score 2-1. Nadal's introduction included a year-by-year accounting of every time he'd already won the French Open.

No chance for Dominic Thiem, literally demolished by Rafa's omnipotence.

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