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Nadal wins 11th French Open despite late injury scare

AFP  |  Paris 

claimed an 11th today with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 demolition of despite a worrying scare in the closing stages of the final.

The 32-year-old world number one now has 17 Grand Slam titles, just three behind great rival

Nadal endured a nervy conclusion to the final, however, when he needed treatment in the fourth game of the third set for a finger before sealing victory on a fifth match point when Thiem fired a backhand long.

"It's really incredible. I played a great match against a great player," said Nadal.

"I had tough moment in the third set with in my hand. I was very scared but that's sport -- it was very humid.

"To win 11 times here -- it's fantastic and not something I ever dreamed of."

Nadal joins as the only to win 11 titles at the same

Victory also took Nadal's record at to 86 wins and just two losses.

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

With a celebrity audience -- including actors and as well as French stars and -- watching, Nadal flew out of the blocks.

He reeled off the first six points for a 2-0 lead before Thiem settled and repaired the damage for 2-2.

The Austrian speared a 222 km/h ace just for good measure in the fourth game to save a break point.

He saved another two in the 11-minute sixth game, a performance cheered by the crowd who briefly became more animated when glum-looking French football icon was spotted in the stadium.

Despite matching Nadal forehand for forehand, Thiem was undone in the 10th game when three errors handed Nadal the opening set after 52 minutes on court.

A wild, misguided forehand sealed his fate, one of 18 unforced errors to Nadal's 12 in the set.

In their previous nine meetings, all on clay, the man who took the opening set went on to win the match.

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.

Thiem wasted a break point in the seventh game as Nadal collected a time violation for taking too long to serve.

The world number one saved it and went on to secure a two sets lead when yet another backhand from the Austrian drifted wide.

Thiem was under the cosh, saving four break points in the first game of the third set before Nadal inevitably broke for 2-1.

Bizarrely, Nadal then halted playing in the fourth game complaining of and stretching his middle finger.

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

Whatever the problem, his dominance remained and a love game took him to 4-2 before he eventially sealed victory on a fifth match point when the Austrian fired another backhand long.

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First Published: Sun, June 10 2018. 22:00 IST
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