The Devastating dominance of Rafael Nadal French Open king

- 6/12/2018
He is a tennis champion who has made an incredible mark in the game's history. 
Rafael Nadal French Open
When Dominic Thiem was 11 years old, he watched in awe as a young Rafael Nadal won the French Open title for the very first time. Several years later the he faced off against his idol in the 2018 finals at Roland Garros. He lost. 
Incredibly, the Undisputed king of clay has won 86 French Open matches and only lost 2 times during his career. His remarkable dominance over the hard to master surface has seen him win 11 titles, taking his Grand Slam tally to 17, only three away from leader Roger Federer who has 20.

Beaming with joy, Rafael Nadal was understandably delighted in the aftermath of his 11th French Open title win on a historic day at Roland Garros.

In devastating fashion, The world No. 1 defeated Dominic Thiem in straight sets to become just the second player to win 11 titles at one Grand Slam after Margaret Court and the first to achieve the feat entirely in the Open Era. No small achievement for the hard working and resilient Spaniard.
Rafael Nadal French Open Grand Slam king
King of Clay Rafael Nadal became emotional after  Historic French Open win
His opponent put up a good fight—to no avail. Thiem had given it his all but never got his nose in front as Nadal continued his unbeaten record in the final in Paris.

Nadal had words of praise for his opponent. ‘He had played a great two weeks,’ Nadal said after his 6-4 6-3 6-2 win.

I’m happy he’s a good friend, one of these players that the tour needs. Well done, I’m sure you will win here in the next few years.’

It’s amazing, I can’t describe my feelings. It’s not even a dream to win here 11 times. It’s impossible to think something like this.

After years of watching Nadal win here, Thiem was in awe of his opponent and was full of praise for the world No. 1.
‘It’s one of the most awesome things an athlete has achieved to win this tournament 11 times,’ Thiem said.

We heartily agree with him. Winning a Grand Slam once on any surface,  is an amazing feat. Winning it twice is greatness in the making. But winning it 11 times is the description of genius.
Rafael Nadal wins again at Roland Garros
Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem to win 11th French Open title 

At the age of 32, the tough to beat Nadal isn't showing signs of slowing down. He and Federer seem to have developed a new winning formula in what must be the final surge in their incredible careers. It's working astonishingly well.

And Nadal has proven that he is the world's strongest tennis player on a single surface.

His fierce rival and friend Roger Federer may readily agree with that notion, even though himself is the leading all time Grand slam leader in the open era. His highest number of slam wins on a single surface, is Wimbledon, where he has won a record 8 times.

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