Rafael Nadal weighs up options after French Open glory

Rafael Nadal weighs up options after French Open glory

Whether it was at the Masters tournaments in Monte Carlo, Madrid, or Rome-whether it was his home tournament in Barcelona-Nadal nearly never lost on the Spaniard.

Heaven eleven: This combination of pictures shows Rafael Nadal posing with the French Open trophy at every one of his 11 victories since 2005.

Why? Nadal was 95-0 when capturing the opener on clay in the best of five format.

World number one Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem in three sets to claim his 11th French Open title. He was the first man since Mats Wilander in 1982 to win the French Open on his debut. In 2015, he was defeated by a seemingly-unstoppable Novak Djokovic.

"I kind of expected Rafa to win the French Open, that's not taking anything away from him, but he was again that good on clay leading into the French Open that I thought he was going to win", he told a news conference.

The 2012 French Open runner-up tested positive for letrozole - a substance used in the treatment of breast cancer - in an out-of-competition test in February 2017.

They tried their best to rouse their man in the third set but it was mission impossible as Nadal, clubbing the ball as if his life depended on it, finished like a raging bull as he headed into his 24th Grand Slam final. This continues to be the toughest ask in tennis to try and beat Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros. He pounded huge serves that topped 135 miles per hour - about 25 miles per hour better than Nadal's fastest - and translated into seven aces but also had five double faults.

The 32-year-old Spaniard had wrapped up his 17th major, taken his career earnings beyond the US$100 million mark and extended his record in Paris to 86 wins and just two defeats.

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The next few games were an absolute treat for fans of clay court tennis.

The number of consecutive sets won on clay by Nadal, breaking the previous record for most consecutive sets won on a single surface by McEnroe, who won 49 on carpet in 1984. For a time, fans could nearly believe that Thiem would present a challenge in this match.

Sunday's final will be Nadal's 24th Grand Slam final, putting him second all time.

After racing 5-2 in front in the final set, the Spaniard was frustrated somewhat as it took four match points before finally clinching his latest tournament victory. Could Thiem provide us with a classic final? He knew he had to play his best game. On the first point, he missed a volley-it was not the easiest of volleys, but it was one that a top player should make-and everything snowballed from there.

With the first set in the bag, Nadal loosened up and won the second set fairly convincingly.

Federer is one of the favourites to win Wimbledon, according to Murray. That led to 34 winners (eight more than Nadal) but also 42 unforced errors (18 more than Nadal).

But Thiem, unusually standing up to Nadal's first serve, forced two break points in the next game and converted the second with a flashing forehand into the right corner.

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