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Rafael Nadal creates history with unprecedented 11th French Open title

Updated: Jun 11, 2018 09:43 IST

Rafael Nadal continued his historic run in the French Open as he defeated Dominic Thiem to secure the title at Roland Garros for an unprecedented 11th time. (Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports)

Thiem, who was the only player to defeat Nadal in the 2018 clay court season, was tipped to give a tough fight. (AFP)

Nadal, who has lost to Thiem twice on clay, started off brilliantly by winning the first set 6-4 (AFP)

Thiem made several unforced errors and his serve was under immense pressure. (AFP)

Nadal continued to punish Thiem as the Spaniard won the second set 6-3 and closed in on the title. (AFP)

Nadal had lost only one set in the whole tournament and he neared the title. (AFP)

Nadal created history as he won his 11th title at Roland Garros with a 6-4,6-3,6-2 win over Dominic Thiem. (AFP)

For Thiem, it was a sobering loss having played wonderfully to enter the final. (AFP)

Nadal’s 11th French Open title was his 17th Grand Slam championship. (REUTERS)

Nadal is now only three wins away from equalling Roger Federer’s mark of 20 Grand Slams. (REUTERS)

Nadal became only the second player in history to win a single Grand Slam 11 times, the first being Margaret Court who won the Australian Open 11 times. (REUTERS)

President of the French Tennis Federation (FFT) Bernard Giudicelli (L) and former Australian tennis player Ken Rosewall, arrive for the awards ceremony. (AFP)

Nadal’s 11th French Open title has cemented his reputation as the ‘Emperor of Clay’. (AFP)

From 2005 till 2018, the story of the French Open has been the dominance of Rafael Nadal. (AFP)

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