Dominic Thiem may have an advantage against Nadal, suggests Croft

Nadal won his record-extending 11th championship at the French Open on Sunday (NZT Monday), overcoming a late problem with a finger on his racket-swinging hand and displaying his foe-rattling best for a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory over No 7 seed Thiem, the only person to beat the Spaniard on clay over the past two seasons.

Australia's Margaret Court is the only other player to have won the same major - the Australian Open - 11 times.

Roland-Garros hosted a final that told two stories, with Nadal easing to victory after surrendering only one set all tournament long, while Thiem looked noticeably short on stamina, particularly in the later stages of Sunday's decider.

For Thiem, playing in his first Slam final, it was a tremendous letdown for a player who is the only man to have beaten the Spaniard on clay in the last two years.

The world number eight is also one of just three men to have defeated the 17-time Grand Slam champion three times on his favoured surface in total, but he had no answer to the 32-year-old's relentless pressure on Sunday. In 112 best-of-five-set matches, Nadal has never lost after claiming the first set. His only two defeats on Parisian Clay came to Robin Soderling of Sweden in 2009 in the round of 16 and next in 2015 against Novak Djokovic in the quarter-final. At the following changeover, he was given a salt pill by a doctor and had his left forearm massaged by a trainer.

It's also his 17th career major title. However, here a year ago in the semi-finals, Nadal destroyed Thiem, losing just seven games in a rout, but it is worth mentioning that Thiem triumphed in their last meeting in Madrid last month, in the quarter-finals.

"It's not even a dream to win here 11 times, because it's impossible to think of something like this".

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Here are the list of numbers behind Rafael Nadal's 11th French Open crown.

Nadal is now the fourth man in the Open Era to win three or more Grand Slams after turning 30, having won his third since turning 30.

Thiem however was able to hold serve regularly and had a chance to get back on serve but his break chance at 2-4 evaporated when Nadal hit a sublime drop shot, then passing shot.

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

He bagged the second set when Thiem sent a backhand long. His emotions were on show as he shed a few tears when the national anthem of Spain was played in his honour for the 11th time, an obvious sign of what this tournament means to him.

The number of Masters 1000 titles won by Nadal, the most by a single player since the series began in 1990.

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