Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem for his 11th French Open title

Jun 10 2018 Paris France Rafael Nadal poses with the trophy after his men's singles final against Dominic Thiem on day 15

No stranger to rewriting the record books along with his friendly rival, Roger Federer, here is another feat for the Spaniard: He joined Margaret Court in becoming the only tennis players in history to win the same grand slam 11 times.

Rafael Nadal roared to French Open title number 11 with a straight-sets demolition of Dominic Thiem.

Del Potro's triumph at the 2009 U.S. Open - he got past Nadal in the semifinals, then Federer in the final - stands alongside Marin Cilic's title at the same tournament as the only two examples of someone other than Federer, Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Andy Murray or Stan Wawrinka claiming a major over the past 13 years. "I played a great match against a great player".

Halep's coach, Darren Cahill, has said the Romanian enlisted the help of Murray's psychologist, Alexis Castorri, to help land her first major title, per Simon Briggs at the Telegraph.

"But it's been an honour and we will make a decision in the coming months about whether or not we will be back next year".

Others - including USA former tennis great Billie Jean King and ex-male professional James Blake - praised Nadal's victory, which was dominant despite an injury scare with hand cramp in the latter stages of the third set. The Spaniard has had yet another dominant clay-court season as he captured four titles and lost only one match on clay this year.

"Last year I felt that I had a good opportunity to go far in the tournament". There is a reason why he won 11 times here.

"Difficult for me to think about it now".

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"I played my best match of the tournament", Nadal told the crowd afterward.

Nadal, 32, dropped only a single set on his way to victory at Roland Garros but has found it tough going on the grass of Wimbledon in recent years.

Thiem did at least remind Nadal of his age, saying; "I can still remember being 11 when (Nadal) won here for the first time and I watched on the TV".

"Not that I did that previous year, but on grass margins are very slim and it's not so simple, especially when you haven't played for three months". Of course decide what's better for my body.

He led by two sets plus a break early in the third when the middle finger on his racket-wielding left hand was cramping so badly he couldn't straighten it.

Title number nine in his ninth final for Nadal and his 14th Grand Slam success on an afternoon where temperatures nudged 30 degrees.

He added: "You can't be frustrated always if somebody has more money than you, if somebody has a bigger house than you, if somebody has more grand slams than you". Plus, consider this: Coco Gauff, a 14-year-old from Florida, beat Caty McNally, a 16-year-old from OH, in the junior final, the fourth time at the last five Grand Slam tournaments that two Americans played each other for the girls' title.

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