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Nadal still untouchable as he claims 11th French title

Nadal still untouchable as he claims 11th French title

The 32-year-old world number one now has 17 Grand Slam titles, just three behind great rival Roger Federer.

Thiem had been the only player to have beaten Nadal on clay in the last two years - in Rome last year and Madrid this year - but at no stage did he pose a real threat to Nadal who went from strength to strength as the match went on.

- Born to Sebastian Nadal and Ana Maria Parera.

Nadal's celebration was restrained - throwing his arms skywards and turning to his entourage including coach and fellow Mallorcan Carlos Moya and his uncle Toni who stood down a year ago after his nephew Nadal reached La Decima.

"I know how to play against him".

- Won the ATP newcomer of the year in 2003.

Over the best-of-five sets on clay, Nadal improved to 111-2 - it is a figure nearly as imposing as the nearby Eiffel Tower - his lone reverses coming against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015 at the French Open.

At the age of 19, he became the first teenager to win a major singles title since Pete Sampras at the US Open in 1990.




A glorious year ended with a gold medal at the Beijing Olympics after beating Fernando Gonzalez in three sets. Clinched the doubles gold with Marc Lopez at the 2016 Rio Games.

A dejected Nadal suffered a stunning loss against Robin Soderling at the French Open.

He joined Australia's Margaret Court as the only player to win 11 titles at the same major, while the victory also took his record at Roland Garros to 86 wins and just two losses.

Matched Borg's record of six French Open titles with his 2011 victory and overtook the Swede in 2012.

In an interview yesterday, Nadal said, he will have to "play his best" to beat Dominic Thiem in Sunday's French Open final and secure an 11th Roland Garros title.

Nadal's Barcelona Open semifinal win over David Goffin was his 400th tour-level clay-court match win, making him the fourth man in the Open Era to win 400 matches on clay, after Vilas (659), Manuel Orantes (502) and Muster (422). Won his second Grand Slam of 2017 at Flushing Meadows after a 10th French Open title in June.

Rafael Nadal's remarkable Roland Garros reign continued as the world number one clinched an 11th French Open title with a straight-sets win over Dominic Thiem on Sunday.


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