Rafael Nadal has defeated Dominic Thiem in straight sets at Roland Garros to win a record 11th French Open title. The King of Clay work hard for another victory in the French capital to the delight of those in attendance. He required a little over two and a half hours to get himself over the line, earning a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 triumph to lift the trophy for the second year in a row.
At 2-1 in the fourth set, Rafa stopped serving during a game because he couldn’t straighten his left middle finger. At the following changeover, Rafa was given a salt pill by a doctor and had his left forearm massaged by a trainer. But Rafa’s form never wavered, and soon enough he was celebrating his 17th Grand Slam title overall, second among men only to Roger Federer’s 20.
After the match, Rafa said:
It was the best match tournament of me. It was important because Dominic is a very aggressive player. I had a tough moment in the third set when I got cramp in my hand. I was very scared. But that is sport. It is very humid and I was against a tough player who pushes you to the end.
Rafa has a whopping 86-2 record at the French Open after Sunday’s victory. The victory also allowed our champ to hold onto the No. 1 ranking.