Nadal has no 'obsession' to hunt down Federer tally

Nadal has no 'obsession' to hunt down Federer tally

Not much more of a daunting task than doing so against Nadal at the French Open, where he is now 11-0 in finals and 86-2 overall.

- Nadal's uncle Miguel Angel Nadal was a former soccer player who represented Barcelona, RCD Mallorca and the Spain national team.

At 19, he won the 2005 French Open on his debut.

"Obviously I'd like to have 20 titles like him - or more - but that's not in my head right now, and 17 is an incredible number".

When the trainer visited Nadal in his quarterfinal for a similar issue, Nadal said it was simply to prevent sweat from traveling to his hand.

"He managed to do it well".

Thankfully for Nadal - less so for Thiem - he was able to finish the job and continue his remarkable domination at Roland Garros with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory. "I was 11 years old, watching in the TV and honestly never expected that one day I'd play the finals here".

"I'm confident that this was not my last Grand Slam finals, and that's my biggest goal, to get into the next one and then to do it better than today", he added.

Having just turned 32, Rafael Nadal is unlikely to win 20 French Opens.

Ten years ago, Nadal was already the King of Clay.

The number of Masters 1000 titles won by Nadal, the most by a single player since the series began in 1990. That was part of a five-game run that sent Nadal on his way. For a time, fans could nearly believe that Thiem would present a challenge in this match.

Rafael Nadal has defeated Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to win a record-extending 11th title at the French Open.

Nadal will remain at the top of the ATP rankings ahead of Roger Federer.

Veteran pair Nadal and Federer have won the past six Grand Slams as their younger rivals struggle to dislodge them at the pinnacle of the game.

But from the moment Nadal broke serve in the 10th game to win the opening set Thiem's belief ebbed away. After guzzling water during that break, Nadal felt better and was back to playing his unmistakable brand of almost unbeatable clay-court tennis. The Austrian had trouble with the Nadal serve, and he gave up an easy hold. Serving at less than 50% in the first, Nadal got plenty of looks at second serves.

But Nadal held with some clever drop shots and after taking the second set it merely became a race against time to finish off Thiem before the rain arrived. Clamorous news! Roger Federer could leave Nike for the first time in more than two decades! .

Over the best-of-five sets on clay in 13 years, Nadal improved to 111-2 - a figure nearly as imposing as the nearby Eiffel Tower - his lone reverses coming against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015 at the French Open.

Nadal added another US Open crown at Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY in 2013 and a third a year ago.

However, this was against a different Nadal, in his 24th slam final and at a place where only two men have beaten him over the five-set format in his entire career.

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