Rafael Nadal speaks out after 11th French Open win

One of the rallies of the tournament

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Ramos is now in Russian Federation with the Spanish squad as they prepare for the World Cup, but took time out to tweet in Spanish, hailing Nadal for his "dynasty on clay", calling him a "tennis legend" and "sporting hero".

Sunday's French Open final followed a similar pattern as Rafael Nadal once again emerged victorious on the Roland Garros clay, marking his 11th success in the competition over the course of his illustrious career.

In 2003, at the age of 16, Nadal became the youngest man to reach the third round of Wimbledon since Boris Becker in 1984.

After the victory - which saw Nadal claim his 17th Grand Slam title in total, just three behind Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 - social media was quick to laud the 32-year-old's staggering achievement.

Fair enough Thiem was demolished by Nadal in last year's semi-final in Paris but today's seventh seed has added more aggression and self belief to his game.

Rafael Nadal described his performance at the French Open past year, when he didn't surrender a set, as "perfect".

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Regained the title the following year, beating Soderling in the final. This season no other player, not even the undisputed King of Clay, can count as many match wins on the red dirt as Thiem.

"It's incredible now, I can't describe my feelings", Nadal told the crowd on Philippe Chatrier Court moments after capturing his 17th Grand Slam trophy with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory. He is, however, the second player overall to win a major 11 times after Australia's Margaret Court, who won four of her 11 Australian Open titles after the start of the Open Era in 1968.

Ruthless Nadal proved far too good for Kevin Anderson as he claimed a 16th Grand Slam title at the US Open.

Sunday at the French Open sees Rafa Nadal and Dominic Thiem take to the courts in the men's singles final, and our tennis columnist, Dan Weston, is back to preview the encounter.

Nadal celebrated in relatively low key fashion, but then there is not much novelty value in this. After Roland Garros, Nadal's win-loss record on clay stands at 415-36.

The Austrian hit straight back to inflict an eleventh break of the tournament on the Spaniard as the first set became a mixture of brilliance and attrition, with the first seven games taking 45 minutes.

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