It's beyond a dream, Nadal says of 11th French Open title

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Nadal, however, turned the screw in the 10th game and Thiem seemed to grow nervous, sending a forehand long to hand his opponent the opening set. "So I hope to see you all again next year".

A wild, misguided forehand sealed his fate, one of 18 unforced errors to Nadal's 12 in the set.

And he took the biggest of big cuts on his groundstrokes, his feet leaving the ground as he threw his whole body into them, as if the very outcome of the match - not any individual point, but the whole shebang - depended on the strength of that one whip of his white racket.

The Spaniard raced into a 40-0 lead to earn three match points. These are some of the mind-boggling numbers that Nadal has managed to achieve on his favourite surface over the years.

Nadal appeared to be suffering with cramp in his left arm early in the third but even that discomfort could not derail him as the "King of Clay" extended his scarcely believable French Open win-loss record to 86-2, further underlining his status as the greatest of all time on the red dirt.

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Thiem, 24, is showing no signs of nerves in his first Grand Slam final. Another forehand victor from Nadal followed, and this time Thiem looked up toward his coach and yelled.

After an early swap of service breaks in Paris, it was 4-all in the opening set.

He saved another two in the 11-minute sixth game, a performance cheered by the crowd who briefly became more animated when glum-looking French football icon Zinedine Zidane was spotted in the stadium. He converted the second to make the score 2-1.

'To me, it's still been a great two weeks.

Thiem is playing at his limit just to stay in touch.

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Though Thiem may pose a threat to Nadal's dominance, he has endured some struggles at Roland Garros.

Still, Nadal was able to complete the job on court Philippe-Chatrier. The Spaniard has also been more effective coming to the net, winning 11 of 13 points, while Thiem has won two of eight.

If Thiem is, as he is widely regarded, the second best clay-court player in the world then he probably has a few more of these pummellings to look forward to at least until Nadal, 32, finally calls it a day.

The women's doubles final is also Sunday.

According to Daily Express, the Met Office say that there is a 70 percent chance of rain by 4 pm (7:30 pm in India) and the showers may remain till 9 pm (00:30 am in IST).

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