Awe-inspiring Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open title

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Spain’s Rafael Nadal celebrates with the trophy after winning the final against Austria’s Dominic Thiem REUTERS/Pascal Rossignol

PARIS: Rafael Nadal beat Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-3 6-2 to claim a record-extending 11th French Open title on Sunday.

The Spanish world number one took his Roland Garros win-loss record to a jaw-dropping 86-2 as he captured his 17th Grand Slam title.

Nadal’s triumph marks the sixth consecutive Grand Slam won by either him or 20-times major champion Roger Federer.

The muscular Spaniard had won all 10 of his previous Roland Garros finals and although Thiem was the only man to have beaten him on clay over the past two seasons, the Austrian never threatened the claycourt master on Sunday.

Written by Prabin Bikram Katwal
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