Under so much pressure from Nadal throughout match, Thiem errors piled up

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

The world No 1's straight-sets victory over Austria's Dominic Thiem was his 17th Grand Slam crown, trailing only Roger Federer's 20-major tally.

The 32-year-old Spaniard had wrapped up his 17th major, taken his career earnings beyond the $100 million mark and extended his record in Paris to 86 wins and just two defeats. But the Austrian had too many chinks in his game - not enough first serves (57%), 42 errors to 34 winners - to test Nadal for better part of the match.

Nadal ended a three-year Grand Slam drought with a brilliant performance against Stan Wawrinka in the 2017 French Open final.

In a 10-minute second game of the second set, Thiem suffered more trauma. But after, the Spaniard was imperious.

Others - including USA former tennis great Billie Jean King and ex-male professional James Blake - praised Nadal's victory, which was dominant despite an injury scare with hand cramp in the latter stages of the third set. At the following changeover, Nadal was given a salt pill by a doctor and had his left forearm massaged by a trainer.

He said it was because he had started the clay-court season with "some doubts" before going on to win a record-extending 11th title at Roland Garros.

Nadal now has a 100-point lead over Federer in the rankings with 8,770 points following his French Open win.

Rafael Nadal turned on the style as he clinched his 11th French Open title on Sunday while wearing a rare watch worth £540,000.

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In all fourteen French Open appearances combined, Nadal has lost just 25 sets. It will be interesting, however, to see how Nadal copes with the shot clock that is due to be introduced at the US Open in August. I am not much anxious about the future. You can't be frustrated if somebody have more money than you, if somebody have a bigger house than you, if somebody have more Grand Slams than you.

"I would love to be playing in as many places as possible, but you understand I need to check how I feel in the next couple of days", said Nadal as he pondered his preparation for Wimbledon which gets underway in three weeks' time.

Umpire Damien Dumusois handed out one time-violation warning but never docked a first serve.

"You can't live with this feeling".

In Nadal's case, that way now leads on to the grass, where his last appearance in the quarter-finals of Wimbledon came seven years ago.

"But I never have been insane about all this kind of stuff". However, here past 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.

He is now entered to play the Queen's Club tournament next week.

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