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Rafael Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open crown

Rafael Nadal split image with Dominic Thiem Rafael Nadal takes on Dominic Thiem attempting to win his 11th French Open title Credit Getty Images
Cary Erickson | 12 June, 2018, 05:29

World number one Rafael Nadal said it was beyond a dream to win his 11th Roland Garros title after defeating Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets on Sunday.

Rafael Nadal won an 11th French Open title on Sunday.

It leaves Nadal just three adrift of the 20 Grand Slam titles won by Federer, who returns to action on the ATP Tour for the first time since March at the Stuttgart Open, having opted to skip the clay-court season for the second year running.

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.

"You can't be frustrated if somebody has more money than you, if somebody has a bigger house than you, if somebody has more Grand Slams than you", said Nadal, who will be top seed at Wimbledon.

"I can't be thinking about the next win, that'd drive me insane. You can't live with that feeling, no?" You have to do your way.

"Of course I would love to have 20 like Roger in the future or even more but it's not something that is on my mind".

While she admits she was "really worried" when Halep trailed Stephens by a set and a break in the final, Ruzici assures, "We believed, because we know she's such a fighter, and she turns things around".

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"I played my best match of the tournament", Nadal told the crowd afterward. He persists at his punishing physicality and pounding shots even 13 long and grinding years after the wonder from the Spanish island of Mallorca debuted at Roland Garros with sleeveless shirts, clam-digger shorts, shoulder-length hair and MMA muscles, and, two days after his 19th birthday, won his first title and said, "I fight every point, every point, no?" "The young players are still lagging behind".

However, here past year in the semi-finals, Nadal destroyed Thiem, losing just seven games in a rout, but it is worth mentioning that Thiem triumphed in their last meeting in Madrid last month, in the quarter-finals. Their best run was combining to win 11 consecutive majors starting at the 2005 French Open, when Nadal collected No. 1. "It's definitely one of the best things somebody ever achieved in sport".

American 12-time Grand Slam singles champion Billie Jean King: Incredible!

German six-time Grand Slam victor Boris Becker: The legend continues.

Serving at less than 50%, Nadal got plenty of looks at second serves.

Ex-Real Madrid and Portugal footballer Luis Figo: Congratulations!

This brief moment of the game raised a few eyebrows, including that of two-time Roland Garros champion Jim Courier.

Like our previous picks, Raonic will also fine-tune his Wimbledon preparations at a star-studded Queen's Club and could be full of confidence by the time the third major of the season comes around next month. Amazing! What a machine!