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Lesser known facts about Rafael Nadal -- the 2018 French Open champion

11 June 2018, 05:18 | Joan Schultz

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Not only did Nadal's win pull him another title closer to Federer's all-time Slam record, but it also tied him for the most finals appearances (11) at one major, with all of Federer's coming at Wimbledon.

World number one Nadal won his 17th major by lifting his 11th French Open title on Sunday, beating seventh seed Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-3 6-2.

It was hard not to feel sympathy for Thiem, playing in his first grand slam final against a man who simply does not lose this particular battle.

"It's unbelievable 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.

Others highlighted Nadal's remarkable record at Roland Garros since first winning the title there in 2005.

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 after, the Spaniard was imperious.

There was late anxiety for Nadal as the predicted thunderstorms loomed and he needed his left forearm massaged after beginning to suffer from cramp.

The 21-year-old made the quarter-finals of a Slam for the first time having arrived at Roland Garros with titles in Munich and Madrid and a runners-up spot to Nadal in Rome. Nadal also did not win the title in 2016, as he withdrew with an injury before his third-round match.

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The Spaniard also won the title without losing a set, becoming the third man to do so in the Open era after Ilie Nastase and Borg. One of the hardest hitters of the tennis ball, Thiem, playing his maiden Slam final, more than held his ground.

When Rafael Nadal broke down in tears on the Roland Garros podium on Sunday as 15,000 people, plus a smattering of Hollywood heavyweights, stood and honoured his staggering 11th French Open triumph, it was enough to make his desperate rivals weep.

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Just 50 of the limited edition RM27-03s worn by Rafael Nadal were produced by luxury Swiss watch brand Richard Mille. "I can't be always thinking of more".

"It's really incredible. I played a great match against a great player", said Nadal. The world number one saved it and went on to secure a two sets lead when yet another backhand from the Austrian drifted wide.

His lead was reminiscent of their semifinal at the French Open past year, when Nadal also held the early advantage. You can't be frustrated if somebody have more money than you, if somebody have a bigger house than you, if somebody have more Grand Slams than you.

"You can't live with this feeling".

The Austrian is one of just three players to down Nadal on clay at least three times. That is actually a tad below the $775,000 pricetag on his previous RM27-02, which Nadal first wore at the 2015 French Open.

There was still fight in Thiem, though, and he had a break point when Nadal served at 4-2 ― a game in which the Spaniard was warned for taking too long to serve. He is entered into the Fever-Tree Championships at Queen's Club, starting a week today.



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