Marion Bartoli was seriously impressed by Rafa Nadal during French Open final

Marion Bartoli was seriously impressed by Rafa Nadal during French Open final

Marion Bartoli was seriously impressed by Rafa Nadal during French Open final

As Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem warmed up before the French Open final, the booming voice of an announcer at Court Philippe Chatrier called out each player's bona fides.

Nadal clinched a record-extending 11th title at Roland Garros after he beat Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-3 6-2 in the summit clash in Paris.

The 32-year-old Spaniard is only the second player to hold the record, after Margaret Court had won the Australian women's singles title 11 times.

Thiem says he is "confident" his first appearance in a Grand Slam final will not be his last.

Only Nadal, Pete Sampras and Ken Rosewall have managed the feat of winning Grand Slam titles in their teens, 20s and 30s.

That's three behind Federer who is more than four years older. Whatever the issue was, Thiem could not earn the break back-giving up another one while serving down 4-2-and Nadal took the third set and the title.

There was late anxiety for Nadal as the predicted thunderstorms loomed and he needed his left forearm massaged after beginning to suffer from cramp.

Nadal's incredible record in Paris now reads 86 wins and two defeats. Nadal and Thiem have met nine times - all of them on clay.

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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.

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.

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. That led to 34 winners (eight more than Nadal), but also 42 unforced errors (18 more than Nadal). In 112 best-of-five-set matches, Nadal has never lost after claiming the first set.

Right from the start of the tournament the Nadal camp knew Thiem was the biggest danger, having seen at first hand what the Austrian can do when he defeated their man in Madrid last month.

Nadal congratulates Federer on his five-set Australian Open men's final win on January 29, 2017.

That scenario loomed again with Nadal going to 2-0 in the second set on a fifth break point as Thiem fired another backhand wide.

Nadal is so dominant and so impervious on clay, in general, and at this tournament, especially, it made sense for Thiem to go for broke as much as possible, accepting that there would be risks along with the rewards.

"I am just trying to keep enjoying, and keep playing until my body resist, and my happiness still high playing tennis".

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