With 11th French, Nadal not obsessed with Federer's 20 Slams


After guzzling water during his visit from the doctor, Nadal was back to playing his unmistakable brand of almost unbeatable clay-court tennis.

No stranger to rewriting the record books along with his friendly rival, Roger Federer, here is another feat for the Spaniard: He joined Margaret Court in becoming the only tennis players in history to win the same grand slam 11 times. He had won four French Open titles, along with the other Masters tournaments. But I guess the way he's been playing the last three sets yesterday (Thursday, vs Schwartzman) and the last two sets today (Friday, vs del Potro) is going to help give him confidence. Roughly two years ago, Indian Wells CEO Raymond Moore made some sexist remarks about how female tennis players should be on their knees thanking God that people like Nadal and Roger Federer came along and "carried the sport".

Nadal turned Thiem's strength against him as a premature pull on his forehand saw the world number one secure the first set.

But he could not match Nadal's point-by-point consistency and intensity on Sunday.

"I was in the same seat", he said after watching Nadal beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

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Nadal, who dropped just 24 points on his serve in the two hours and 42 minutes it took him to dispose of his adversary, required treatment in the fourth game of the third set for a finger injury but that was a rare moment of concern for him on a day when he simply overpowered Thiem. However, here previous year in the semi-finals, Nadal destroyed Thiem, losing just seven games in a rout, but it is worth mentioning that Thiem triumphed in their last meeting in Madrid last month, in the quarter-finals.

Serving to stay in the match at 4-5, the Austrian allowed mistakes to creep into his game.

Rafael Nadal celebrates by kissing the trophy after winning the final against Dominic Thiem at the 2018 French Open June 10, 2018.

Ken Rosewall, who won the title in 1953 and 1968, presented Nadal with the trophy.

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

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Nadal avenged his defeat to the Swede at Roland Garros 12 months earlier.

Slow starts have plagued Nadal in several of his matches this fortnight, most notably against 11th-seed Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals. So there was mild concern when Nadal called for the trainer for treatment. The two stars have combined to win the past six majors. The Austrian followed that point up with three consecutive errors, and the first set went to the Spaniard.

"He was playing very well, I think, and there is a reason why he won 11 times here", Thiem said.

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Halep could have been forgiven if she had chose to give up on her Grand Slam dream throughout this painful process.