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Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem, French Open 2018 men's final

Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem, French Open 2018 men's final

In 11 finals in Paris, Nadal has only lost six sets as he matched the all-time record of most singles titles won at the same Grand Slam event set by Margaret Court at the Australian Open during the 1960s and 70s.

Rafael Nadal won his 11th French Open title on Sunday.

The No. 7-seeded Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, appeared in his first Grand Slam final.

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"I played my best match of the tournament", Nadal told the crowd afterward. Thiem stayed with Nadal in the early going on a steamy afternoon.

Nadal came in looking slightly more vulnerable than he did a year ago, in which he lost only 35 games in claiming the title.

"It is always my dream to win this trophy, you all know how important the tournament is to me".

"It's unbelievable, bravo. I saw you win this in 2005 when I was just 11 years old".

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Thiem beat Nadal on clay twice, including last month in Madrid that ended Nadal's 21-match winning streak on clay and his streak of 50 straight sets won on his favorite surface. The Austrian won just one of the first nine points as Nadal immediately broke for 2-0.

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

But the Austrian freed his shoulders and broke back in the third game with a forehand victor - pumping his fists in the direction of coach Gunter Bresnik.

Tennis Super Star Rafael Nadal has again proved his mantle as the King of Clay.

Whatever the problem, his dominance remained and a love game took him to 4-2 before he eventually sealed victory on a fifth match point when the Austrian fired another backhand long.

Despite matching Nadal forehand for forehand, Thiem was undone in the 10th game when three errors handed Nadal the opening set after 52 minutes on court.

A glimmer of hope was when the middle finger on his left hand started to cramp in the middle of the fourth game, causing him to take a salt tablet and have the strapping on his forearm to be removed, which is there to stop the sweat pouring onto his palms. Two players have succeeded in defeating him, and his body let him down on a third occasion. Those conditions might have contributed to the cramping that affected Nadal about two hours into the final, at 2-1 in the third set.

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.