Rafael Nadal Storms To His 11th French Open Title

Rafael Nadal claimed an 11th French Open title on Sunday with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 demolition of Dominic Thiem despite a worrying injury scare in the closing stages of the final.

The 32-year-old world number one now has 17 Grand Slam titles, just three behind great rival Roger Federer.

The Spaniard won in straight sets: 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

Nadal broke to love to clinch the opening set as Thiem undid all of his earlier hard work with a third forehand unforced error of the game into the net.

PARIS, FRANCE – JUNE 10: Dominic Thiem of Austria plays a forehand during the mens singles final against Rafael Nadal of Spain during day fifteen of the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Rafa piled on the pressure at the start of the second set, taking his fifth break point of another marathon game as Thiem sent a wild backhand long.

He endured a nervy conclusion to the final, however, when he needed treatment in the fourth game of the final set for a finger injury before sealing victory on a fifth match point when Thiem fired a backhand long.

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