Rafael Nadal defeats Dominic Thiem to lift 11th French Open title

Rafael Nadal continued his unfathomable dominance at the Stade Roland Garros with straight sets victory over Austria’s Dominic Thiem to claim the French Open title for an 11th time on Sunday.

Nadal, who’s now 86-2 in Roland-Garros, claimed a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory to rack up the 17th Grand Slam title of his career.

Nadal has now equalled Margaret Court’s record of most victories at a Grand Slam with his 11th French Open success (Margaret Court’s run coming at the Australian Open).

“It’s amazing, I can’t describe my feelings because it’s not even a dream to win here 11 times,” Nadal said. “It’s impossible to think something like this.”

Dominic Thiem, who beat Nadal on clay last month at the Madrid Open, was full of praise for the Spaniard.

“What you have done – to win this tournament 11 times – is one of the greatest things in sport,” Thiem told Nadal on court afterwards.

“I hope I soon get another chance here – maybe against you. But it has still been a great two weeks for me here.”

Nadal will retain the world number one ranking, while Dominic Thiem will move up a place when the updated rankings are released on Monday.

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