Rafael Nadal wins 11th French Open title with victory over Dominic Thiem
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“King of Clay” Rafael Nadal crushed Dominic Thiem in straight sets (6-4, 6-3, 6-2) on Sunday to clinch a record-extending 11th singles title at Roland Garros.
Nadal, who has never lost a final on the Paris clay, was at his fearsome best as he powered past the Austrian seventh seed, a first-time Grand Slam finalist, overcoming a late injury scare to wrap up the contest in three hard-fought sets.
Thiem, 24, entered the final as the only player to have defeated Nadal on clay this year. He put up a fierce resistance on Court Philippe Chatrier, Nadal's "second home", but never threatened the claycourt master.
The 32-year-old Spaniard's 11th crown at Roland Garros saw him tie Margaret Court’s all-time record of most titles won at a single Grand Slam. And judging by Sunday's performance, there is every reason to think Nadal will extend that record in the years to come.