Nadal wins 11th French Open title

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Rafael Nadal bagged a record-extending 11th French Open title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 thrashing of Dominic Thiem even as he faced injury scare late in the final.

Sunday at the French Open sees Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem take to the courts in the men's singles final, and our tennis columnist, Dan Weston, is back to preview the encounter.

This historical analysis doesn't lend itself to fancying Thiem's chances of denying Nadal an 11th French Open title this afternoon, and neither did my model pricing either.

The No. 7-seeded Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, appeared in his first Grand Slam final.

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. "I think he is really good". Thiem was hammering every ball that he could, and Nadal was responding with his classic clay court defense.

His uncle thought wrapping around Nadal's left forearm was too tight.

The tears that welled up when Nadal received the Coupe des Mousquetaires from Australian great Ken Rosewall showed just how much he still cares.

"It is always my dream to win this trophy, you all know how important the tournament is to me".

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"I am sure you will win here in the next couple of years", Nadal told Thiem afterward. Maybe, just maybe, fans could get an entertaining French Open final-something that has been sorely lacking in this era of Nadal's absolute dominance.

And he increased the tempo further, consigning Thiem to defeat in his first major final when the Austrian sent a return long.

But Thiem, unusually standing up to Nadal's first serve, forced two break points in the next game and converted the second with a flashing forehand into the right corner.

The Austrian hit straight back to inflict an eleventh break of the tournament on the Spaniard as the first set became a mixture of brilliance and attrition, with the first seven games taking 45 minutes.

But he could not match Nadal's point-by-point consistency and intensity on Sunday.

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. If standard play would likely lead to a loss, why not try for the spectacular, instead? But from 4-all in the opening set, Nadal grabbed five games in a row and was in charge.

Up a break at 2-1 in the third set, Nadal stopped serving after a fault because he couldn't straighten his left middle finger. At the beginning of 2017, Federer held 17 Slams to Nadal's 14.

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