Nadal wins 11th French Open despite left hand cramp

Novak Djokovic

Nadal threw his arms skywards and turned to his entourage including coach and fellow Mallorcan Carlos Moya and his uncle Toni, who stood down from his coaching role a year ago after his nephew worn his 10th French crown.

"It's incredible now, I can't describe my feelings", Nadal told the crowd on Philippe Chatrier Court moments after capturing his 17th Grand Slam trophy with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory.

Dominic Thiem remembers sitting in front of a TV to follow along as Rafael Nadal made his Grand Slam final debut and won his first French Open title back in 2005.

Taking on Nadal at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament is a whole other challenge.

"But having said that Rafa is 32 now, although not that he looks weaker or older, but throughout this tournament he has not looked his very best".

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Nadal celebrated in relatively low key fashion, but then there is not much novelty value in this.

Tennis Super Star Rafael Nadal has again proved his mantle as the King of Clay.

But most of what transpired Sunday afternoon was eminently familiar: The distinctive roar of appreciation when the Spanish superstar walked into the stadium, the whirring accompaniment of photographers' motor drives as he tossed the ball skyward, the sense that when he closed out the first set, it was ballgame on center court even though it was best-of-five on paper.

But in the third set, comfortably ahead by a break at 2-1, something unusual happened-Nadal's left hand cramped. I had a tough moment in the third set when I had a little bit of cramp.

The No. 7-seeded Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, was appearing in a major final for the first time.

The 31-year-old now holds 17 Grand Slam titles, just three behind Roger Federer.

'Of course I would love to have 20 like Roger in the future or even more, but being honest, is something that is not in my mind.

After winning 26 of his 27 matches throughout the European claycourt season and 81 of his last 86 sets on clay, there is nothing to suggest Nadal's domination in Paris will end soon.

However, in Open Era, he is the first player ever (man or woman) to complete La Undécima in a single Grand Slam event.

Thiem dug in - especially in the roughly 13-minute sixth game - but he crumbled attempting to stay in the set, making four unforced errors.

In Madrid, Thiem thrived in the quicker, higher altitude conditions to win their quarter-final in straight sets.

We picked up a victor in Friday's semi-final with Rafa Nadal comprehensively thrashing Juan Martin Del Potro, to cover the -6.5 game handicap easily.

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That it was not was testimony to Nadal's level, which never wavered, despite everything Thiem threw at him. When he first halted play, Nadal removed that tape, which he said let his circulation improve.

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