Rafael Nadal storms to 11th French Open title despite late injury scare

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As he sat down in the French Open lounge on Saturday, Günter Bresnik, Dominic Thiem's coach, was asked about Thiem's upcoming French Open final against Rafael Nadal, the finest clay court tennis player of all time.

Rafael Nadal says he is hungry for more grand slam titles but has no "obsession" over matching or surpassing Roger Federer's tally off 20 after winning the French Open for an 11th time.

Playing the king of clay at the French Open is akin to scaling Mont Blanc without any ropes and even an intrepid adventurer from Europe's Alpine heartland found it a peak too steep as Rafael Nadal claimed an 11th title on Sunday.

The No. 7-seeded Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, appeared in his first Grand Slam final.

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. In a matter of 57 minutes, he bagged the first set 6-4 and then extended his dominance to win the second set 6-3.

Nadal, 32, is second behind Federer in the list of all-time Grand Slam titles, three clear of Pete Sampras in third. Throughout his 14 years competing here, Nadal has only lost two matches. Like so numerous pretenders, Thiem just did not have quite the same level of consistency to derail the Spaniard, who ruthlessly targeted his flowing backhand.

Nadal came in looking slightly more vulnerable than he did previous year, in which he lost only 35 games in claiming the title.

Nadal needed five match points in a tense final game, eventually completing the job when Thiem fired a backhand long.

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Hamilton, who came into the weekend leading the championship standings, came in fifth. His engine was six races old but Hamilton would have expected better.

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Khadija Tul Kubra and Rumana Ahmed claimed two wickets each whereas Salma Khatun and Jahanara Alam bagged one wicket apiece. India restricted their arch-rivals to 72 for 7 in 20 overs after losing the toss.

Thiem was considered the stiffest test for Nadal at the French Open and understandably so.

"Honestly, I never expected that one day I would play the finals here so I am still really happy". I can't see past another Nadal victory but believe Thiem will take a set off the great man.

In an unusual breach of protocol, Nadal walked to his chair after missing a first serve at 2-1, 30-love.

The 26-year-old also confirmed after the tournament that there won't be any hard feelings between her and Chan going forward, as they'll be teaming up to play women's doubles events going forward.

"I have to come back to speak with my team", said Nadal, who pulled out of Queen's in 2016 -because of a serious wrist injury and a year ago because of exhaustion.

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.

Playing Nadal at the French Open is possibly the biggest challenge in the game now, and if Thiem had to win at it he had to be flawless.

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