Rafael Nadal claims record-extending 11th French Open crown

Jun 10 2018 Paris France Rafael Nadal poses with the trophy after his men's singles final against Dominic Thiem on day 15

Jun 10 2018 Paris France Rafael Nadal poses with the trophy after his men's singles final against Dominic Thiem on day 15

He persists at his punishing physicality and pounding shots even 13 long and grinding years after the wonder from the Spanish island of Mallorca debuted at Roland Garros with sleeveless shirts, clam-digger shorts, shoulder-length hair and MMA muscles, and, two days after his 19th birthday, won his first title and said, "I fight every point, every point, no?" "The watch keeps going, always".

No arguing against that sentiment.

Still, it is rather remarkable how Nadal, a French Open champion yet again a week past his 32nd birthday, and Federer, who turns 37 in less than two months, seem to stay forever young.

Defeating Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 at Stade Roland Garros in a two hours and 42 minutes in a one-sided battle, Nadal once again lifted the French Open men's singles crown extending his legacy on Parisian Clay to 11 crowns.

At the previous major tournament, the Australian Open in January, Federer won his record 20th such championship. Nadal also did not win the title in 2016, as he withdrew with an injury before his third-round match. Their other six-Slam streak came from 2008-09.

Rafael Nadal celebrates his 11th French Open win.

"It's surprising because in 2017 I had gone for two years without winning a Grand Slam and I think he'd been without one since 2012, too", added Nadal.

Cilic is not a surprise pick, having reached the Wimbledon showpiece past year and won the title at Queen's Club in 2012.

His lead was reminiscent of their semifinal at the French Open a year ago, when Nadal also held the early advantage.

Her coach Darren Cahill isn't anxious about getting Halep back on the court for the grass. It took her another three years to get a second opportunity, but it ended in heartbreak against an unseeded Ostapenko.

Halep, Caroline Wozniacki and Garbine Muguruza remained the WTA's top three, but French Open runner-up Sloane Stephens went from No 10 to a career-high No 4.

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. In addition, should Nadal not feature in Wimbledon this year, he will lose his No. 1 ranking if Federer retains his grass titles but the 11-time French Open victor is not anxious about the rankings.

But at the moment, Murray is still recovering from a hip operation in January and his exact date for a return is unknown. Enhorabuena 11x victor Roland Garros.

"Honestly, I never expected that one day I would play the finals here so I am still really happy".

So that leaves Federer and Nadal, healthy and talented as ever. The No. 1 men's tennis player in the world cruised on Friday - looking vintage in domination -, who entered the French Open semis as No. 6 player in the ATP World Tour rankings. A spate of poor play quickly saw him lose the first three games of the set.

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