Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

Nadal earns 11th French Open title in three sets

Nadal earns 11th French Open title in three sets

He said: "What you did and what you're doing it's one of the most awesoming things that (an) athlete ever achieved in sports, to win this tournament 11 times".

Rafael Nadal and historic firsts at Roland Garros are inseparable.

Spanish world number one Rafael Nadal has won his 11th French Open title, beating Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 at Roland Garros.

Thiem wasted a break point in the seventh game as Nadal collected a time violation for taking too long to serve.

Nadal won the first two sets and was leading 2-1 in 3rd when he suffered a cramp which required immediate medical timeout.

Thiem broke back immediately as he continued to go for his shots, and he saw off a break point to hold for 2-2.

He still won the game anyway before summoning the doctor and trainer courtside.

Over the decades, those who played under the flag with stars and stripes have reached many records at the Australian Open, Wimbledon and of course at home Major in NY, but they could have never transmitted that success to Paris, winning just four titles at Roland Garros between 1989-1999.

A wild, misguided forehand sealed his fate, one of 18 unforced errors to Nadal's 12 in the set.

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The Spaniard also won the title without losing a set, becoming the third man to do so in the Open era after Ilie Nastase and Borg.

Thiem saved a first breakpoint in that game but couldn't save the second, hitting a forehand wide.

By contrast, Thiem was competing in his maiden major final and although he matched his illustrious opponent for large parts of the opening set, he crumbled at the crunch and never really regained his poise.

The Spaniard was quick to hammer home his advantage at the start of the second, converting his fifth break point of a lengthy game as Thiem's usually trusty backhand let him down. Nadal then holds to 15 to go 3-0 up.

He displayed his lethal weapon of single-handed backhand, while being troubled by unfavorable performance on his first serves, conceding the first set 6-4. He converts to win the first set 6-4.

The 10-time champion is playing Dominic Thiem.

Nadal is 50-2 on the surface in that span.

Either Federer or Nadal has captured each of the last six Grand Slam championships.

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