Nadal beats Thiem to win 11th French Open title

Nadal beats Thiem to win 11th French Open title
Source: Wires
Date: 10-06-2018 Time: 04:06:08:pm
Rafael Nadal celebrates after victory over Dominic Thiem to win the French Open. Photograph: Christophe Archambault/AFP/Getty Images

World number one Rafael Nadal won an 11th French Open title by beating Austria's Dominic Thiem in straight sets.

Nadal, 32, won 6-4 6-3 6-2 to earn his 17th Grand Slam, three adrift of Roger Federer's all-time men's record.

The Spaniard edged an intense opening set, tightening his grip in the second.

And he increased the tempo further, consigning Thiem to defeat in his first major final when the Austrian sent a return long.

Nadal is the only second player in history to win the same Grand Slam on 11 occasions after Margaret Court, who won 11 Australian Open titles between 1960 and 1973.

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