The Baseline Top 10: On-court moments at the French Open

The Baseline Top 10: On-court moments at the French Open

He only dropped one more game as he completed his 86th win at Roland Garros in 2hr 42min. This is not a reaction we are used to seeing from him but it revealed just how much he had invested in this clay-court season, both physically and emotionally.

The RM27-03 is just one of a number of flashy watches Nadal has worn during his playing career after sporting an even more expensive model, the RM27-02 at £580,000 during the 2015 French Open.

In the intense heat of battle, with Nadal seemingly occupying every metre of the tennis court, Thiem was the first to crack.

"Don't try the tweener because it says "I'm giving up on that point".

"It's incredible, I can't describe my feelings because it's not even a dream to win here 11 times", said an emotional Nadal after the final.

Rafael Nadal, who has been rewriting history books since his first triumph at the 2005 French Open, won his eleventh title at Roland Garros on Sunday to add another record to his name. "So, yeah, I just went straight to my chair because I went - I didn't know even what I did".

Rafael Nadal has once again proved himself "King of clay" by defeating seventh seeded Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in the 2018 French Open Championship. Thiem stayed with Nadal in the early going on a steamy afternoon.

Nadal is now the fourth man in the Open Era to win three or more Grand Slams after turning 30, having won his third since turning 30. In the other semi-final, Marco Cecchinato's unusual run in the last two weeks was ended by Dominic Thiem, also in straight sets, although the first two sets were somewhat closer than anything Del Potro could muster. He is, after all, the only player to beat Nadal on red clay each of the past two seasons.

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His lead was reminiscent of their semifinal at the French Open a year ago, when Nadal also held the early advantage.

In their careers, 36-year-old Federer has 20 majors, Nadal 17, Djokovic 12 and Murray three.

Nadal struck 26 winners to Thiem's 34 yet made only 24 unforced errors to Thiem's 42, with "unforced errors" a relative term in Nadal Roland Garros matches.

Umpire Damien Dumusois handed out one time-violation warning but never docked a first serve. I play for my happiness, and I know that I had already, yeah, an unbelievable career.

"Because I don't ever have a watch, so I don't how many seconds anyone is taking".

Well, we never thought we'd see the day, but that rather exciting prospect came true during the Laver Cup in Prague past year.

If Thiem is, as he is widely regarded, the second best clay-court player in the world then he probably has a few more of these pummellings to look forward to at least until Nadal, 32, finally calls it a day.

He is now entered to play the Queen's Club tournament next week.

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