Rafael Nadal clinches 11th French Open title in ‘Claywalk’

Roger Federer serves to Mischa Zverev in his straight-sets win in Stuttgart

Dabrowski old won the Australian Open title earlier this year, and will now be looking to improve her career-best mixed-doubles quarter-final appearances at both Wimbledon and the U.S. Open.

This was Nadal's 11th win at the French Open, also known as Roland Garros.

Written off as fading forces two years ago, Nadal, 32, and Roger Federer, approaching 37, have won the last six Grand Slam titles between them.

Once he moved two sets ahead it merely became a race against time for Nadal to finish the match off before the rain arrived.

The Spaniard edged an intense opening set, tightening his grip in the second. In the other semi-final, Marco Cecchinato's odd run in the last two weeks was ended by Dominic Thiem, also in straight sets, although the first two sets were somewhat closer than anything Del Potro could muster.

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A glorious year ended with a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics after beating Fernando Gonzalez in three sets.

Roland-Garros hosted a final that told two stories, with Nadal easing to victory after surrendering only one set all tournament long, while Thiem looked noticeably short on stamina, particularly in the later stages of Sunday's decider.

A dejected Nadal suffered a stunning loss against Robin Soderling at the French Open. Since his first French Open appearance in 2005, Nadal has gone 86-2 with one withdrawal.

The 32-year-old later admitted that he was "very, very scared" when the middle finger of his left hand seized up during the final in Paris.

The number of Masters 1000 titles won by Nadal, the most by a single player since the series began in 1990.

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Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem in three straight sets of 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in just 2 hours and 42 minutes.

That September, he was crowned US Open champion for the second time in his career following a four-set win over Djokovic. Now, a decade later, the Spaniard is still the undisputed King of Clay. He was presented with the Coupe de Mousquetaires by another legend of the sport, Bjorn Borg. Having also beaten him in Rome last year, he is the only man to defeat Nadal on clay in the past two years, and the way he had played on the way to the final threatened to make it a classic match. That is actually a tad below the $775,000 pricetag on his previous RM27-02, which Nadal first wore at the 2015 French Open.

The trainer was called at 30-0 and his intervention appeared to alleviate Nadal's discomfort, who regained his composure, held his serve and then managed to break again in the sixth game before holding out for his 17th Grand Slam title.

However, the exchange - with over £1.2 million traded on the match already - has Nadal as a [1.26] favourite, which is around a 6% difference in implied odds percentage and certainly enough to be actionable value.

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