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By the numbers - Rafael Nadal 86-2 at Roland Garros

10 June 2018, 09:40 | Joan Schultz

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates winning French Open semifinal against Argentine Juan Martin del Potro

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

Playing the king of clay at the French Open is akin to scaling Mont Blanc without any ropes and even an intrepid adventurer from Europe's Alpine heartland found it a peak too steep as Rafael Nadal claimed an 11th title on Sunday.

Slow starts have plagued Nadal in several of his matches this fortnight, most notably against 11th-Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals.

After the victory - which saw Nadal claim his 17th Grand Slam title in total, just three behind Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 - social media was quick to laud the 32-year-old's staggering achievement. He also beat the Spaniard in Buenos Aires in 2016.

Over the best-of-five sets on clay, Nadal improved to 111-2 - it is a figure nearly as imposing as the nearby Eiffel Tower - his lone reverses coming against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015 at the French Open.

Grand Slam titles (17): Australian Open (2009); French Open (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018); Wimbledon (2008, 2010); US Open (2010, 2013, 2017).

Nadal joins Australia's Margaret Court as the only player to win 11 titles at the same major.

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Regained the title the following year, beating Soderling in the final. Federer's record in Wimbledon finals is 8-3.

Nadal defeated fifth seed Juan Martin Del Potro 6-4 6-1 6-2 in the semi-finals and afterwards the Argentine said it is "almost impossible" to beat Nadal on clay.

That September, he was crowned US Open champion for the second time in his career following a four-set win over Djokovic.

In their previous nine meetings, all on clay, the man who took the opening set went on to win the match.

"It's fantastic now, I can't describe my feelings", Nadal told the crowd on Philippe Chatrier Court moments after capturing his 17th Grand Slam trophy with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory.

But from the moment Nadal broke serve in the 10th game to win the opening set Thiem's belief ebbed away.

Whilst the prestige of winning yet another major is recognition enough for the Manacor born star, he will also take home the record prize pot of 2.2 million euros.



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