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Rafael Nadal duly collected his 11th French Open title here on Sunday with a brutal, brilliant, resilient and ruthless performance, just as he had done 10 times before.

Nadal clinched an 11th French Open with a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory against Dominic Thiem on Sunday to take his majors total to 17.

Rafael Nadal, who has been rewriting history books since his first triumph at the 2005 French Open, won his eleventh title at Roland Garros on Sunday to add another record to his name.

After Simona Halep won a maiden grand slam in the women's singles yesterday, what chance does Dominic Thiem have this afternoon of making it a weekend of first-timers?

But while he wants to win more, Nadal is not eyeing off Federer's mark of 20 championships. In the fourth game of the third set, he had the physio attend to his left hand because a finger cramp was making it hard for him to grip the racquet. But after, the Spaniard was imperious.

Thiem found some life and threatened with a break point in the seventh game, but Nadal broke his pace with a drop shot and finished it off with a passing shot, holding for 5-2. At the following changeover, Nadal was given a salt pill by a doctor and had his left forearm massaged by a trainer.

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The clay courts of Roland Garros host the second Grand Slam of the season.

Nadal has now won three Grand Slam titles since turning 30 and only three men, Federer, Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall, who handed over the Coupe des Mousquetaires trophy on Sunday, have managed more, having done it four times.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News. "I was 11-years-old, watching it on TV and honestly I never expected that one day I would play the finals here so I am still really happy".

Diego Schwartzman has come closest this fortnight to become the third man to beat Nadal in Paris.

"Rafael Nadal is at 75 percent, is that enough to beat Thiem?"

"It's unbelievable, I can't describe my feelings because it's not even a dream to win here 11 times", said an emotional Nadal after the final.

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The Austrian had trouble with the Nadal serve, and he gave up an easy hold.

Thiem began to play better as the set went on, and it was only one break, but he could never earn it back, and Nadal won the second set 6-3. The victory moves Nadal to 86-2 at the clay court slam.

In Madrid, Thiem said the key was to be positive against Nadal.

This year, in Madrid where the courts are faster and the flies through the air because of the altitude, Thiem launched a heavy-handed attack against Nadal and emerged a 7-5, 6-3 victor.

Up in the stands, Nadal's uncle Toni, his former coach, was nervous, too, "because I thought maybe we can have a problem", he said.

Thiem has beaten Nadal twice recently, so an upset was not out of the question.

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