Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay, Wins His 11th French Open Title

Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay, Wins His 11th French Open Title

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

Rafael Nadal needed less than a set to take command of the French Open final, and he overcame a late problem with his racket-holding hand to earn a record-extending 11th championship at Roland Garros by beating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday.

Nadal stormed to a straightforward three-set win over Nadal at the French Open previous year in the final four as the Spaniard went on to improve his stunning record at the Grand Slam.

However, at the most inopportune of moments, Thiem's composure deserted him as a succession of unforced errors - including a simple volley into the net and a routine forehand long - handed Nadal a break to love and the opening set.

The first set had taken 57 minutes, in stiflingly humid conditions, but there was to be no let-up for the underdog in the second.

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

Bizarrely, Nadal then halted playing in the fourth game complaining of pain in his left hand and stretching his middle finger. He continued his momentum following the medical timeout, and managed to convert his fifth match point on Thiem's poor backhand in the eighth game.

He went on to reach his second consecutive final, where he became the first player to defeat Roger Federer in a Grand Slam final.

That said, Nadal is wary of Thiem's threat. "Bravo. To me it's been still great two weeks".

Many consider Thiem to be the second-best clay-court player in the world.

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Play has since resumed and Nadal now leads 4-2 in the third set. The drama for Nadal this time around, it seemed, would be self-inflicted. However, in Open Era, he is the first player ever (man or woman) to complete La Undécima in a single Grand Slam event.

The victory also allowed the 32-year-old Nadal to hold onto the No. 1 ranking, just ahead of Federer. In fact, the Austrian remains the only one to beat Nadal on clay for two years in a row.

The top-seeded Nadal enters Sunday with a 10-0 record in title matches at Roland Garros and an overall career mark of 85-2 at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament.

Thiem used to hike through the Alps in his homeland as part of his training, but the 24-year-old had an even bigger mountain to climb now.

According to Daily Express, the Met Office say that there is a 70 percent chance of rain by 4 pm (7:30 pm in India) and the showers may remain till 9 pm (00:30 am in IST).

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