Rafael Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open crown

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Change is coming in the men's game: Alexander Zverev is 21 and ranked No. 3 after winning the Masters 1000 title in Madrid and pushing Nadal hard in the Italian Open final.

Rafael Nadal says he was "very scared" when he suffered cramp to his left wrist in the third set of his French Open victory against Dominic Thiem.

Nadal, playing in his 24th Grand Slam final overall, realised the resilient Thiem would prove a tough challenge after the pair stood toe-to-toe, exchanging a couple of breaks of serve in a stirring opening in stiflingly humid conditions in Paris, before the 24-year-old from Austria held serve in a marathon sixth game. Nadal had another massage at 5-2 and he ended Thiem's ordeal on his fifth match point when the Austrian returned long.

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The duo have met nine times throughout their career, all on clay, with Nadal taking six meetings to Thiem's three.

Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters and James Bond actress Lea Seydoux have unveiled the Musketeers Cup that will be won by either Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem in the French Open final. His 11th title French Open deepened a Parisian habit both routine by now and unimaginable by anyone.

The trophy was carried into the Court Philippe Chatrier in a brown box during a brief ceremony before play begins and unveiled by the two stars of music and screen.

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In contrast, there are eight women now younger than 28 who have been Grand Slam singles finalists.

The Spanish world number one took his Roland Garros win-loss record to a jaw-dropping 86-2 as he captured his 17th Grand Slam title.

Nadal is so dominant and so impervious on clay, in general, and at this tournament, especially, it made sense for Thiem to go for broke as much as possible, accepting that there would be risks along with the rewards.

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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. There is a slight chance of rain, but not until later in the afternoon after 5pm.

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