Nadal beats Thiem for 11th French Open title

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates by kissing the trophy after winning the final against Austria's Dominic Thiem. Benoit Tessier Reuters

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates by kissing the trophy after winning the final against Austria's Dominic Thiem. Benoit Tessier Reuters

Nadal's win-loss record in Roland Garros finals, which is the best in a Grand Slam final among men in the Open Era, ahead of Sampras (7-0, Wimbledon), Djokovic (6-0, Australian Open) and Borg (6-0, French Open).

He added it's not an "obsession".

Up in the stands, Nadal's uncle Toni, his former coach, was nervous, too, "because I thought maybe we can have a problem", he said.

"It's wonderful now, I can't describe my feelings", a sweat-soaked Nadal told the crowd. I had a long and mentally tough clay court season, of course, because I played nearly all the matches possible after coming from an injury. Of course, I have passion for what I am doing.

"I can't be thinking about the next win, that'd drive me insane".

The 26-year-old will hope she can follow in Murray's footsteps by winning more Grand Slams, starting at Wimbledon. You can't live with that feeling.

Last year, he lost 15-13 in the fifth set of his last-16 tie against Gilles Muller.

"Last time I did that I came back here very strong and my reaction was very good after losing against Tommy [Haas] a year ago, I didn't drop another set for the rest of the grass-court season which I was very happy about".

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Federer, of course, sat out the French Open to rest and prepare for the grass-court season.

The 32-year-old, still world number one following his Paris success, is scheduled to play in the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club, which begins next week.

"Sometimes, I see many, many players - even good players, top players - they go on the court against Rafa on clay, or Roger on hard court or any other surface, and you can nearly see that they don't really believe 100 percent that they can win", said Robin Soderling, who pulled off French Open upsets of Nadal in 2009, and Federer in 2010.

The trainer was called at 30-0 and his intervention appeared to alleviate Nadal's discomfort, who regained his composure, held his serve and then managed to break again in the sixth game before holding out for his 17th Grand Slam title. "I felt myself playing well on grass previous year", the Spaniard said. A spate of poor play quickly saw him lose the first three games of the set. She withdrew from the field before her much-anticipated fourth-rounder against Maria Sharapova, citing a chest muscle injury, so it's not clear whether Williams will be someone to watch at Wimbledon.

Nadal is a tactical master on clay. He is, after all, the only player to beat Nadal on red clay each of the past two seasons. The question is when each will be ready for the next step. "I don't think about the rankings at all today", Nadal added.

"The intensity and the look he had in his eyes was something I've nearly never seen from him".

Djokovic's participation is also in doubt after he was knocked out of the French Open by unseeded Marco Cecchinato.

One important lesson from this French Open: If you fail to make it out of qualifying, do not skip town. None of the beneficiaries was more celebrated than 190th-ranked Marco Trungelliti.

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