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Rafael Nadal secures 11th French Open title

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Rafael Nadal Dominic Thiem

Top seed Nadal defeated seventh seed Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 at the Philippe-Chatrier Court to lift a record-extending 11th title at Roland Garros.

Soon, Nadal was finding his spots.

However, it was not all smooth sailing for Nadal on Sunday, as he started suffering cramps on his left hand in the third set. He removed the tape from his left wrist and seemed to take a tablet.

Nadal is now the first player in the Open Era, male or female, to win the same Grand Slam tournament 11 times, a feat that has been dubbed La Undécima, after Real Madrid's bid to win an 11th European Cup.

Court's titles at her home Major came in 1960-66, 1969-71 and 1973. Further proof: He has lost only one set in the past two years at Roland Garros. One more backhand error from Thiem would see Nadal raise his hands in triumph.

Dominic Thiem is the only man who has gotten the better of him on clay in the last two years.

But that's the best-of-three sets and in different, faster conditions.

In their previous nine meetings, all on clay, the man who took the opening set went on to win the match.

Rafael Nadal, the 10-time champion only stands in the Austrian's path of winning a major in his first ever slam final.

Nadal didn't have many issues making his way to this year's final.

Rafael Nadal
GETTYSerial winner Rafael Nadal is chasing a 17th Grand Slam title

While it may be a few years until Nadal is no longer at the peak of his powers on clay, Thiem looks like a worthy successor to the Spaniard.

Thiem used to hike through the Alps in his homeland as part of his training, but the 24-year-old had an even bigger mountain to climb now. The Austrian trails Nadal 2-1.

Nadal leads 4-1 in the second set.

Two breaks later Nadal was in a familiar position, serving for the title, and when another Thiem forehand dropped long, his arms were raised in celebration, yet again.

Thiem, 24, is touted as a potential Grand Slam victor of the future, but was no match for Nadal on his favored surface, with the Spaniard powering to victory in around two and half hours.

His lone opportunity of the set indeed vanished.

Nadal enjoyed a fast start to the encounter, winning the opening six points on his way to going 2-0 up in the first set.

Seemingly cruising to victory, that's when Nadal called for the trainer.

Nadal won the first set 6-4.

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