Rafael Nadal lifts record 11th French Open title

Rafael Nadal lifts record 11th French Open title

Nadal. the world's No. 1 player, has 17 career Grand Slam titles, now three behind Roger Federer for most all-time.

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.

Sunday marked the first time Nadal had faced a player from a younger tennis generation in a Grand Slam final.

Sunday's championship victory was as convincing and efficient a Grand Slam title as nearly any other in Nadal's epic career.

The Spaniard also won the title without losing a set, becoming the third man to do so in the Open era after Ilie Nastase and Borg.

Thiem save three break points to hold his service into the third set, but the "King of Clay" responded by fully exhibiting his powerful forehand for astute winners. He continued his momentum following the medical timeout, and managed to convert his fifth match point on Thiem's poor backhand in the eighth game.

Thiem reacted well to going a break down, setting up two break points of his own with a crosscourt forehand and claiming the second with another forehand victor.

"I am sure you will win here in the next couple of years", Nadal told Thiem afterward.

Rafael Nadal lifts record 11th French Open title

The world No 1 is looking for a record-extending 11th triumph at Roland Garros having won all 10 of his previous finals in the French capital.

Thiem found some life and threatened with a break point in the seventh game, but Nadal broke his pace with a drop shot and finished it off with a passing shot, holding for 5-2. Closing his eyes for a brief moment to take in the sounds all around him, Nadal rejoined to reality as he always does, turning to the crowd and applauding with them.

But beating an imperious Nadal at his favorite slam was too big an ask for the 24-year-old.

Thiem is playing at his limit just to stay in touch.

Nadal has never lost at Roland Garros following an opening set victory.

But in Austria's Thiem, he faces the only man to have beaten him on clay inside the last two years - doing so at the Italian Open a year ago and this year's Madrid Open.

According to Daily Express, the Met Office say that there is a 70 percent chance of rain by 4 pm (7:30 pm in India) and the showers may remain till 9 pm (00:30 am in IST).

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