Published: Mon, June 11, 2018
Sport | By Cameron Gross

Rafael Nadal Wins The French Open 2018

'It's one of the most awesome things an athlete has achieved to win this tournament 11 times, ' Thiem said.

"It's really just incredible".

"Unfortunately, he could get destroyed", Bresnik said. I was very scared but that's sport - it was very humid.

"It's not even a dream to win here 11 times, because it's impossible to think of something like this". "I hope soon I get another chance soon, maybe against you".

The players, male or female, with the next highest number of singles titles at the same major are Martina Navratilova (9, Wimbledon), followed by Roger Federer (8, Wimbledon), Serena Williams (7, Australian Open and Wimbledon), Steffi Graf and Pete Sampras (7, both at Wimbledon), Federer and Novak Djokovic (6, both at the Australian Open), Graf and Bjorn Borg (6, both at the French Open) and Serena (6, US Open).

He joined Australia's Margaret Court as the only player to win 11 titles at the same major, while the victory also took his record at Roland Garros to 86 wins and just two losses.

Nadal saluted his 24-year-old opponent, who is the only man to have beaten the Spaniard on clay over the past two seasons. Well done, I'm sure you will win here in the next few years'.

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With a celebrity audience - including actors Hugh Grant and Tim Roth as well as French stars Marion Cotillard and Jean Dujardin - watching, Nadal flew out of the blocks.

Nadal enjoyed a fast start to the encounter, winning the opening six points on his way to going 2-0 up in the first set.

"And in general. game-wise it was a good game". But from 4-all in the opening set, Nadal grabbed five games in a row and was in charge.

The Austrian - competing in his first grand slam final after a pair of semifinal showings in Paris - needed to win the first set to have any realistic opportunity of ending Nadal's reign. He suffered one service break, in the third game of the match, which came as big news.

That was swatted away with Nadal's double-handed backhand, though, and the second set duly went the way of the favourite. He dropped serve in the third and Nadal held for 3-1 after taking a time out because of a sore hand. After serving a fault, Nadal took the unusual step of heading to the sideline in the middle of a game.

He still won the game anyway before summoning the doctor and trainer courtside.

Thiem, mixing heavy top-spin and flat groundstrokes and angling balls across the sidelines, saved a break point at 1-2 and two more at 2-3 and there were signs that Nadal was struggling with his timing as he framed several forehands.

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