Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay, Wins His 11th French Open Title

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Rafael Nadal, the King of Clay, Wins His 11th French Open Title

There is a little advantage Dominic Thiem could take during the French Open final against Rafael Nadal: the weather.

I add one more Grand Slam.

Nadal won his record 11th title at Roland Garros on Sunday, beating Thiem in straight sets on Philippe Chatrier.

But he could not match Nadal's point-by-point consistency and intensity on Sunday.

"It was a cramping on the [middle] finger but it was not a normal cramping", Nadal explained afterwards. There is nothing to suggest Nadal's domination on the Parisian dirt will end any time soon.

"Physically I enjoyed more watching him on the couch", smiled Thiem, who was 11 years old when Nadal won his first French Open in 2005. "And, of course, it was not nice to lose the first set, but still it was not a key point of today".

Nadal broke serve early in all three sets against the only player who had beaten him on clay over the past two seasons.

But most of what transpired Sunday afternoon was eminently familiar: The distinctive roar of appreciation when the Spanish superstar walked into the stadium, the whirring accompaniment of photographers' motor drives as he tossed the ball skyward, the sense that when he closed out the first set, it was ballgame on center court even though it was best-of-five on paper.

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.

Nadal is now the first player in the Open Era, male or female, to win the same Grand Slam tournament 11 times, a feat that has been dubbed La Undécima, after Real Madrid's bid to win an 11th European Cup.

The Austrian is never one to hide his frustration, but then the sheer relentlessness of Nadal on clay would wear anyone down.

Slow starts have plagued Nadal in several of his matches this fortnight, most notably against 11th-Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals.

'And then you have to be happy with the things that are happening to you, no?

Is Nadal upset to still be trailing Federer by three slams, despite his phenomenal feats over the past year?

His lead was reminiscent of their semifinal at the French Open previous year, when Nadal also held the early advantage.

Thiem used to hike through the Alps in his homeland as part of his training, but the 24-year-old had an even bigger mountain to climb now. The other three are Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Federer, all of whom have won four each. Nadal is 49-2 since 2017 when playing on clay.

He bagged the second set when Thiem sent a backhand long. Dominic Thiem showed over the course of this tournament that he is more than ready to take the reins. He dropped serve on a fifth break chance.

His lone opportunity of the set indeed vanished.

And like a good wine, Nadal seems to be getting better with age. He removed the tape from his left wrist - the Mallorcan suffered a wrist injury that ruled him out in the first week of the 2016 edition - and the trainer came out again at 3-2.

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