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.
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.
If you had told me 3 years ago in middle of one of Rafa’s injury lay offs and Roger’s major title drought, that @rogerfederer would get to 20 majors and @RafaelNadal would get to 11 @rolandgarros I would have said doubtful. It will happen in back to back majors. @Wimbledon @espn
— Pam Shriver (@PHShriver) June 10, 2018
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