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By the numbers - Rafael Nadal 86-2 at Roland Garros

By the numbers - Rafael Nadal 86-2 at Roland Garros

The 21-year-old made the quarter-finals of a Slam for the first time having arrived at Roland Garros with titles in Munich and Madrid and a runners-up spot to Nadal in Rome. He's a good friend, one of these players the Tour needs. His game plan had been to hit high to Nadal's backhand, then open up his body and skew the next shot at an acute angle into the opposite corner of the court.

Rafael Nadal celebrates victory following the mens singles final against Dominic Thiem.

"I would love to be playing in as many places as possible, but you understand I need to check how I feel in the next couple of days", Nadal said. "As everybody knows, for me is the most important tournament of the year".

No stranger to rewriting the record books along with his friendly rival, Roger Federer, here is another feat for the Spaniard: He joined Margaret Court in becoming the only tennis players in history to win the same grand slam 11 times. I thought he was going to beat the guy 6-1 in the fourth.

Nadal earned another break early in the third set and looked to be home free to his 11th title from there.

Dominic Thiem of Austria was no match for the veteran, and the cramp was simply the latest in a significant string of fitness issues which have plagued Nadal over the course of the competition.

Thiem, competing in his first major final, was second best in the next set as he was edged out in a gruelling second game for the only break of serve.

It's been nearly eerie to watch Nadal have such contrasting fortunes on clay-as we saw on Sunday-compared to on grass, with Wimbledon accounting for his worst record in any major over recent years. He cruised through to the final, losing just three sets on his way to the inevitability that is Nadal. In fact, after just a few minutes of play, the ten-time champion had won eight of the first nine points.

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"There is a lot of talk of me not being able to play five sets, not being able to play long matches".

The Austrian - competing in his first grand slam final after a pair of semifinal showings in Paris - needed to win the first set to have any realistic opportunity of ending Nadal's reign.

Thiem has established himself as one of the game's best on the dirt. No, no, no, I can't - I can't be always thinking of more.

Rafael Nadal "could never dream of" winning 11 French Open titles.

After an intense claycourt season in which he also collected an 11th Monte Carlo and Barcelona crown and suffered only one defeat in 27 matches, Nadal will take time out for fishing in his native Mallorca before the grasscourt swing.

Well, we never thought we'd see the day, but that rather exciting prospect came true during the Laver Cup in Prague a year ago.

He is now entered to play the Queen's Club tournament next week.


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