Rafael Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open crown

Rafael Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open crown

Thiem, playing his first major final had the toughest assignment in tennis - beating Nadal on the hallowed dirt of Roland Garros over five sets.

Rafa Nadal wrote another chapter in his extraordinary career in Paris yesterday by brushing aside Dominic Thiem to win his 11th French Open title.

He added it's not an "obsession".

"The fact that I could be No 1 in the world past year gave me confidence and gave me, like, a little bit of relief, because I touched something, something big, something huge", Halep said, "and I just had in my mind to win a Grand Slam after that".

"It's unbelievable now, I can't describe my feelings", a sweat-soaked Nadal told the crowd. Of course, I have ambition, of course. Of course, I have passion for what I am doing.

"You can't always be frustrated if somebody has more money than you, a bigger house than you, if somebody has more Grand Slams than you. You can't live with that feeling, no?"

An already daunting task for Thiem, the Austrian seventh seed, got even harder when Nadal broke him in his first service game.

"I mean, it's a big goal for me to play, soon, another Slam final, " Thiem said.

"It is a drastic change from clay to grass".

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.

Rafael Nadal's stranglehold on the French Open has endured so long and remains so strong that he has even outlasted his favorite Court Philippe Chatrier stadium and will probably still be winning the title when it gets a roof in 2020. "It is definitely one of the best things somebody ever achieved in sports".

Only Margaret Court, who won 11 Australian Open crowns between 1960 and 1973, has won the same Grand Slam title as many times, but Nadal vowed to return next year to make it a record-breaking 12.

Halep's coach, Darren Cahill, has said the Romanian enlisted the help of Murray's psychologist, Alexis Castorri, to help land her first major title, per Simon Briggs at the Telegraph. Losing the first set was not a good omen for the Austrian. 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 saluted his 24-year-old opponent, who is the only man to have beaten the Spaniard on clay over the past two seasons. The question is when each will be ready for the next step.

Madison Keys, who lost to Stephens in the semifinals, is now No 10 after entering the tournament at No 13.

Federer, 36, can regain the top spot in the rankings by reaching the final in Stuttgart and, while congratulating Nadal on his astonishing achievement, he is aiming high on his start to the grass-court swing.

"I'd like to dedicate this victory to Jana Novotna", said Krejcikova in honor of her compatriot and 1998 Wimbledon champion who died of cancer in November past year at age 49. He also won the U.S. Open that year.