French Open 2018: Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to lift record 11th crown at Roland Garros

Another year of French Open journey and another inevitable result from the Stade Roland Garros. Even while the crowd cheered the name Dominic Thiem ahead of the big final on Sunday evening (June 10) in Paris and so did the analysts and veterans of the game, it was Rafael Nadal who dominated throughout keeping the Austrian frustrated throughout the game. Three hours later, the score read 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 as the world number one added yet another feather to his legacy of French Open titles. Lifting his 11th crown in Paris, Nadal retained his world number one crown.

Nadal was at his dominating best right from the start of the match until a he sat out for a couple of minutes when he didn’t feel his finger, in the third set. He was treated by his trainer and soon took on the court to make it 6-2 in the third and final set.

Nadal won seven straight points in the first set itself which was probably enough for Thiem to comprehend about the treatent he would get from the King of Clay at his favoured ground. Nadal raced away to win 6-4 in the first set in exactly 57 minutes under the humid Paris weather.

Thiem failed to do what Simona Halep had done the other night as Nadal raced away to win the second set as well.

“It is incredible. I am very happy. Well played to Dominic. He has played great. He is a good friend, one of these players that the tour needs. I am sure you will win here in the next couple of years,” said Nadal after the win.

“It was the best match tournament of me. It was important because Dominic is a very aggressive player. I had a tough moment in the third set when I got cramp in my hand. I was very scared. But that is sport . It is very humid and I was against a tough player who pushes you to the end.”

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