Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Nadal wins 11th French Open title by beating Thiem in 3 sets

Nadal wins 11th French Open title by beating Thiem in 3 sets

Rafa Nadal said that he is not obsessed with Roger Federer's 20 Grand Slams.

Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets to win the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on Sunday and lift the trophy for the 11th time in his career.

"Of course I have ambition".

When asked about the importance of potentially breaking the record, Nadal said: "I can't always be thinking of more".

Simona Halep of Romania broke through in Paris for her first Grand Slam title.

The number of Grand Slam finals now contested by Nadal, extending his position at second on the men's Open Era leaderboard, behind Federer (30) and ahead of Djokovic (21) and Lendl (19).

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It will serve as a huge boost for the 20-time Grand Slam victor if he manages to win at Stuttgart and then at Halle the following week for it will enhance his chance of claiming the position of the top seed in Wimbledon.

"I can't be thinking about the next win, that'd drive me insane". You can't live with that feeling. You have to do your way.

"It's incredible now, I can't describe my feelings", a sweat-soaked Nadal told the crowd. "I know I've had an wonderful career so I want to keep fighting for these things".

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Nadal spent several months away from the tour after sustaining an injury at this years Australian Open and could, like Federer, decide that his long-term interests are best-served by sparing his body further punishment. There is not much more daunting of a task than doing so against Nadal at the French Open, where he is now 11-0 in finals and 86-2 overall.

"To me it's still been two great weeks", Thiem told the Philippe Chatrier centre court and his opponent.

He pulled out of planned appearances in Acapulco, Indian Wells and Miami before returning at the start of April for Spain's Davis Cup tie against Germany.

"So coming back and having the chance to win in Monte Carlo, Barcelona, Rome, and now especially here, it's very emotional for me". Could Thiem provide us with a classic final?

It was hard not to feel sympathy for Thiem, playing in his first Grand Slam final against a man who simply does not lose this particular battle.

With the two heavy favourites in the semi-finals winning, we have the final that most people during the latter stages would have wanted, Nadal v Thiem, and before I discuss the data in detail, I wanted to talk about their previous meetings a little more.

That's it. There is the history of the King of Clay's losses at the French Open. I want to enjoy the moment. "It's definitely one of the best things somebody ever achieved in sport".

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