Rafael Nadal 'would love to have 20' like Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal 'would love to have 20' like Roger Federer

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

Zverev's record at the majors remains mixed - he was knocked out in the third round at the Australian Open in January and second round at the 2017 US Open.

The number of consecutive Grand Slam tournaments now won by a man aged 30 or older, the longest streak of its kind in the Open Era.

Rafael Nadal won his 11th French Open title on Sunday.

Seventh seed Thiem arrived on a sultry Court Philippe Chatrier with three career wins over Nadal, all on clay, and in an absorbing first set lasting an hour showed why ― going toe-to-toe in some ferocious rallies.

It's time to bid au revoir to Roland Garros, as this year's French Open has come to a close.

With the two heavy favourites in the semi-finals winning, we have the final that most people during the latter stages would have wanted, Nadal v Thiem, and before I discuss the data in detail, I wanted to talk about their previous meetings a little more.

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Nadal is now up to 17 Grand Slam titles, second all time to Roger Federer. Scarred by that mistake, Thiem, who was also struggling to keep his first serves in, fizzled out to hand Nadal the first set. Pictured, Nadal of Spain bites the Musketeers' Cup as he celebrates victory following the mens singles final against Dominic Thiem of Austria during day fifteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros in Paris, June 10, 2018.

Despite the loss, the 24-year-old Austrian said it had been a "great two weeks" for him.

The wildest part of it all is that, even at 32, it doesn't look like Nadal will be slowing down at Roland Garros anytime soon.

American former player Pam Shriver: Bingo legs eleven Rafael Nadal. Nadal's "La Decima" was his 10th French Open, and he managed it without dropping a set throughout the tournament. Both players defied the odds-Cecchinato had never won a match at a Slam, Keys would've considered clay her worst surface-to reach the final four. His game plan had been to hit high to Nadal's backhand, then open up his body and skew the next shot at an acute angle into the opposite corner of the court.

There were two tricks up Nadal's sleeve in Paris this year.

Thiem courageously saved three break points to start the third, yet dropped serve in his next service game.

Thiem dug in - especially in the roughly 13-minute sixth game - but he crumbled attempting to stay in the set, making four unforced errors. He reeled off the first six points for a 2-0 lead before Thiem settled and repaired the damage for 2-2. However, here a year ago in the semi-finals, Nadal destroyed Thiem, losing just seven games in a rout, but it is worth mentioning that Thiem triumphed in their last meeting in Madrid last month, in the quarter-finals. And the sun is far from setting on his clay empire.

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