Published: Thu, June 14, 2018
Sport | By

Nadal storms to 11th French Open title

Nadal storms to 11th French Open title

Claimed a record-extending 11th French Open title and his 17th major with victory over Dominic Thiem.

The number of Masters 1000 titles won by Nadal, the most by a single player since the series began in 1990.

Following his victory on Sunday, Nadal told reporters that he isn't "crazy" about catching Federer on the all-time Grand Slam title list.

Earlier, Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya's hopes of becoming the first all-Japanese pair to win a Grand Slam women's doubles title were swamped by a barrage of big hitting from Czech pair Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova in the final.

Federer, 36, skipped the clay-court season for the second successive year, but will return for the grass-court season which culminates at Wimbledon next month. "I feel very lucky for all of the things that have happened to me", said Nadal.

"I have never been insane about this kind of stuff", said Nadal. "You can't live with that feeling, no?" You have to do your way.

"I would love to have 20 like Roger in the future or even more, but being honest, it's something that is not in my mind". "I know I have to play my best if I want to have chances". The top seed went 2-0 ahead in the second set as he wore Thiem down in lung-burning rallies, leaving the Austrian screaming in frustration.

Understandably, Thiem looked edgy at the start and he managed to win only one of the first eight points as Nadal, cheered loudly when he walked on court, bristled with intent.

The World No 1, however, has had a few injury problems in recent years and said on Monday that he could not guarantee he will back in Paris next year.

"Last time I did that I came back here very strong and my reaction was very good after losing against Tommy [Haas] past year, I didn't drop another set for the rest of the grass-court season which I was very happy about".

In 2007, he became the first man since Bjorn Borg in 1980 to win a hat-trick of Roland Garros titles.

"I arrived so-so, with some doubts about this clay-court season". I really wanted to win, " the 24-year-old Austrian said.

Despite wracking up one title after another in Paris, it clearly still means plenty to the world No. 1.

"Well, for me it's hard to explain because it becomes a little bit natural, no?" The semifinals of the French Open was a different scenario.

"Yes, and it's going to take probably one or two more years", said Gunter Bresnik, Thiem's coach.

Nadal's streak began at Roland Garros past year and was ended by Thiem, who beat the Spaniard in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open.

"Winning 11 times is definitely one of the best things somebody ever achieved in sport". The king of clay had triumphed once more - this time against the anointed prince. Now, six Slams later, Federer still keeps his lead at three.

Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is in the crowd enjoying a close-fought French Open final between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.

Like this: