Rafael Nadal needed less than a set to take command of the French Open final, and he overcame a late problem with his racket-holding hand to earn a record-extending 11th championship at Roland Garros by beating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday. The watch keeps going always. Their other six-Slam streak came from 2008-09.
Roger Federer says all players must congratulate Rafael Nadal on his "unimaginable" 11th French Open triumph, but is determined to dethrone his old foe as world number one this week. This is the 11th French Open title and 17th Grand Slam for the Spaniard.
Nadal bagged his first French Open title in 2005 and has been unstoppable on clay ever since.
Others - including United States former tennis great Billie Jean King and ex-male professional James Blake - praised Nadal's victory, which was dominant despite an injury scare with hand cramp in the latter stages of the third set. "They hope that they will win, but they don't really believe in it".
But it ultimately proved a futile mission as, just like in all but two of Nadal's previous 87 matches here, the relentless Spaniard proved insurmountable, winning 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.
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Unlike a year ago - when those first few games realistically settled things - Thiem bounced back, breaking straight away. It took her another three years to get a second opportunity, but it ended in heartbreak against an unseeded Ostapenko.
As much as things change, they stay the same at the top of men's tennis. Nadal is 49-2 since 2017 when playing on clay.
Nadal's career title count, which is now fourth on the all-time list, behind Jimmy Connors (109), Federer (97), and Ivan Lendl (94), and ahead of John McEnroe (77), whose tally he equalled and then surpassed with titles this year in Barcelona and Rome, respectively.
Rafal Nadal admits he harbours ambitions of catching Roger Federer's Grand Slam haul but insists he's not obsessed in his pursuit of the 36-year-old's trophy total. Nadal is only three titles away from eqalling Federer's record but insists that it is not on his mind.
But at the moment, Murray is still recovering from a hip operation in January and his exact date for a return is unknown.
Halep could have been forgiven if she had made a decision to give up on her Grand Slam dream throughout this painful process.
Wawrinka is working his way back from knee surgery and lost in the first round at Roland Garros.
'I happy that other people have things, and I am very satisfied, and I feel very lucky with all the things that happened it me. A spate of poor play quickly saw him lose the first three games of the set.