Nadal battles through cramp to claim French Open crown

Nadal battles through cramp to claim French Open crown

Rafael Nadal won his 11th French Open title on Sunday when he defeated Dominic Thiem in the final.

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.

Nadal is now the first player in the Open Era, male or female, to win the same Grand Slam tournament 11 times, a feat that has been dubbed La Undécima, after Real Madrid's bid to win an 11th European Cup.

Despite his remarkable efforts, the 32-year-old remains three titles behind Federer, who will be targeting a 21st Slam win at Wimbledon next month.

Up in the stands, Nadal's uncle Toni, his former coach, was nervous, too, "because I thought maybe we can have a problem", he said.

Nadal has won six of his nine matches against Thiem, all of them coming on that famously hard red clay. Not much more of a daunting task than doing so against this particular opponent at the French Open, where Nadal is now 11-0 in finals and 86-2 overall.

Nadal came in looking slightly more vulnerable than he did a year ago, in which he lost only 35 games in claiming the title.

But against Thiem, there was nothing wrong with Nadal's start.

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"I still remember when you won here the first time in 2005".

"You can't fight against the age, and you can't fight against the watch", Nadal said Sunday after defeating Austria's Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

We picked up a victor in Friday's semi-final with Rafa Nadal comprehensively thrashing Juan Martin Del Potro, to cover the -6.5 game handicap easily.

Tennis Super Star Rafael Nadal has again proved his mantle as the King of Clay.

That it was not was testimony to Nadal's level, which never wavered, despite everything Thiem threw at him. If standard play would likely lead to a loss, why not try for the spectacular, instead? At one point finally, Thiem tried going around the post in the penultimate game, just after a Nadal cross-court backhand return seared so close over the net cord that it made the Parisians murmur.

Whatever the issue was, Thiem could not earn the break back-giving up another one while serving down 4-2-and Nadal took the third set and the title.

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.

Unfortunately for him, Thiem began the second set the same way he ended the first. After Nadal held there for 5-4, Thiem basically handed over the next game - and the set - by making four mistakes in a row. Nadal is 49-2 since 2017 when playing on clay.

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