Rafael Nadal wins another French Open crown

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Rafael Nadal wins another French Open crown

Rafael Nadal won an 11th French Open title on Sunday. But how about 15?

"But it's time to check how I feel in the next couple of days". "Bravo. To me it's been still great two weeks".

Nadal condemned his great rival to his worst ever loss in a Grand Slam event. It is his most one-sided final win since allowing Federer just four games in the 2008 final.

The understatement was classic Toni but there was nothing understated about Nadal himself.

"I've never been insane about this kind of stuff".

"You can't always be frustrated if somebody has more money than you, a bigger house than you, if somebody has more Grand Slams than you". You can't live with that feeling. "You have to do your way".

"What is in my mind now is I won a very important title for me".

Tennis is lucky to have Nadal. The Austrian leaking point after point, its all Nadal at the moment, leads 2-0. It turned out to be for a cramp in a left finger that left him temporarily unable to serve with much pace.

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Thiem has won 7-5 6-3 and lost creditably 7-6 6-4 in Madrid, and won 6-4 6-3 in Rome.

Shortly, he'd be holding the silver trophy, the one he knows so well, and crying.

Those who should be anxious are the likes of world number three Alexander Zverev, who again flattered to deceive in Paris.

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Nadal, however, averted danger with a pass after dragging Thiem in with a deft drop-shot.

"If you told seven or eight years ago that I will be here at 32 years old having this trophy with me again, I will tell you that is something nearly impossible, but here we are", he said. But that's the best-of-three sets and in different, faster conditions.

When asked if he will defend the title next year, he said: "It was wonderful to win for the 10th time, same thing for the 11th. I think I have showed that I can this week", insisted Zverev.

Twenty-time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer, the world number two, skipped the clay court season to concentrate on Wimbledon, where he will be going for a ninth title.

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Thiem's best results also have come on clay.

Thiem started the match quite poorly.

Seemingly cruising to victory, that's when Nadal called for the trainer. So he made the 10-hour drive back to Paris with his 88-year-old grandmother, mother and younger brother in a rental auto, then went out and won in the first round. According to the Express, the 36-year-old has already signed a deal with the Japanese company.

Nadal is 50-2 on the surface in that span. Overall, the tally was a mere 58 percent. He wound up with 42 unforced errors to Nadal's 24. A massive part of Nadal's legend on clay is that he makes players, however good, however aggressive, play on his terms. "It was just bad misses". He dropped serve on a fifth break chance. Thiem got hold off that point quite easily serving the ball away and right to Nadal.

There were two tricks up Nadal's sleeve in Paris this year.

That shock exit prompted speculation that Nadal was finished as a heavyweight of the sport. He staved off 12 of 17 break points and converted one of three he earned.

Midway through the opening set, Nadal's aqua T-shirt was so soaked with sweat it stuck to him, so he changed into a fresh one at a changeover, drawing catcalls from spectators. On the other, against Paul Henri Mathieu in 2006, a piece of banana got stuck in his throat.

The square-shouldered Austrian tried his best to engage with Nadal rather than let Nadal's avalanche of statistics overwhelm him. He continued to pummel his ground strokes to further inflict woe on Thiem.

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Certainly, Nadal played a role. And the way that Nadal is playing on the clay, he won't be the last.

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