Rafael Nadal lifts record 11th French Open title

In the third and final set against Thiem on Sunday, Nadal called the physio twice to check on his wrist that had been troubling him since the semis.

But he remains philosophical about the rest of his career which has so far yielded 17 majors, 79 titles in total as well as more than $100 million in prize money.

Following his French Open win previous year, Nadal looked like setting up another SW19 final with Federer, only to crash out in the fourth round to Luxembourg's Gilles Muller in a five-set thriller.

Number one seed Nadal continued his dominance at a tournament he has made his own since 2005, claiming victory over 24-year-old Austrian challenger Dominic Thiem in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

"Don't try the tweener because it says "I'm giving up on that point".

Nadal did not play for more than two months after the Australian Open in January - where he withdrew from his quarter-final against Marin Cilic because of a hip injury. I am enjoying that moment. "I know I've had an fantastic career so I want to keep fighting for these things". And of course, with it being on clay, Nadal is an overwhelming favorite. Thiem did force Nadal to save a breakpoint, but a less aggressive approach due to the mounting enforced errors meant there was little pressure on Nadal.

Rafael Nadal won the French Open for the 11th time and one incident brought attention to his most expensive piece of equipment, his $725,000 (R9.4 million) Richard Mille watch.

But ultimately, a rested Federer is an irrepressible force at Wimbledon, just as Nadal is at Roland-Garros. He caused a sensation in Rome past year by handing the Spaniard the first defeat of his clay season.

Thiem was still on the back foot in the third set, being forced to save four break points in the first game.

Halep, Caroline Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza remained the WTA's top three, but French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens went from No. 10 to a career-high No. 4.

Nadal retained the momentum in the second set, breaking his opponent in the second game and holding out to edge closer to yet another title at Roland Garros.

While we have an edge here, I appreciate that backing a heavy odds-on shot isn't most people's cup of tea, so the game handicap should be a viable proposition. His first Grand Slam doesn't come around every week so he had better make the most of it.

He is now entered to play the Queen's Club tournament next week.

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).

"Of course we will decide what's better for my body [because] that's the main thing always".

  • Julie Sanders