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Rafael Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open crown

Rafael Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open crown

Rafael Nadal had seen off the rest of the field to stand on the brink of an 11th French Open title - so he was not going to let a badly cramping arm stop him.

The Spaniard claimed his 11th Roland Garros title with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory over Austria's Dominic Thiem on Sunday.

However, Nadal triumphed in dominant style to win his 17th grand slam title, just three major honours behind Roger Federer's all-time record of 20.

Nadal on Friday outclassed Argentina's Juan Martin Del Potro to storm into his record 11th final of the French Open with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win in the men's semi-final clash. Nadal's streak began at Roland Garros past year and was ended by Thiem, who beat the Spaniard in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open.

Nadal's uncle Toni, who was earlier his coach, said that he believes that it is possible but also knows that Federer will, maybe, win again at Wimbledon in a month. But after, the Spaniard was imperious.

Nadal needed treatment in the fourth game of the third set for a finger injury before sealing victory on a fifth match point when Thiem fired a backhand long. At the following changeover, Nadal was given a salt pill by a doctor and had his left forearm massaged by a trainer.

This was Nadal's 11th win at the French Open, also known as Roland Garros. At 32, Nadal is not yet in decline, but there was a sense over the last few seasons that his star was just starting to fade.

After winning 26 of his 27 matches throughout the European claycourt season and 81 of his last 86 sets on clay, there is nothing to suggest Nadal's domination in Paris will end soon. I am happy that other people have things, and I am very satisfied, and I feel very lucky with all the things that happened it me.

Less than an hour after the match was completed, demolition workers began to smash up Court Philippe Chatrier, part of the continuing redevelopment that will lead to a roof being in place over the stadium court in two years' time.

The 32-year-old world No. 1 now has 17 Grand Slam titles, just three behind great rival Roger Federer. Nadal broke down into tears after the match, just before the playing of the Spanish national anthem.

Nadal congratulates Federer on his five-set Australian Open men's final win on January 29, 2017. After Nadal held there for 5-4, Thiem basically handed over the next game and the set by making four mistakes in a row.

Nadal retained the momentum in the second set, breaking his opponent in the second game and holding out to edge closer to yet another title at Roland Garros. Nadal was 95-0 when capturing the opener on clay in the best of five format.

If you're a huge tennis fan, and have followed these two incredible athletes since day one, then this highlights reel of the pair playing together is pure bliss. In Madrid, Thiem thrived in the quicker, higher altitude conditions to win their quarter-final in straight sets.

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