His service to the sport has afforded him the right to conserve fuel for when he thinks it's best utilised, and unfortunately for Nadal, his participation at Wimbledon will likely impede others from getting at the men's silverware. However, here previous year 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.
The 16-time Grand Slam appeared to be coasting in the third, but a break up at 2-1, the Spaniard began to struggle with what appeared to be cramp in his middle finger.
"For me, the motivation to play here always is high, high as possible", said Nadal after breezing past Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in Friday's semi-finals in what was his 85th win in Paris against just two defeats.
It marks Nadal's record-setting 11th Roland Garros crown, a stunning feat. It was his best performance of the fortnight, as Nadal confirmed on court, just when he needed it most. A massive part of Nadal's legend on clay is that he makes players, however good, however aggressive, play on his terms.
In his two matches against Nadal at the French Open, Thiem has not been able to win even a set.
"It's awesome, 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 King of Clay has done it again.
It was the first time in three years that Nadal had dropped a set in Paris.
The second set was wrapped up as Thiem sent a backhand into the tramlines but the Austrian refused to capitulate and managed to save four break chances in the opening game of the third.
Sunday's win was Nadal's 17th major trophy, only putting him three behind Roger Federer.
'Of course I would love to have 20 like Roger in the future or even more, but being honest, is something that is not in my mind. Nadal's streak began at Roland Garros a year ago and was ended by Thiem, who beat the Spaniard in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open. One of the hardest hitters of the tennis ball, Thiem, playing his maiden Slam final, more than held his ground.
We picked up a victor in Friday's semi-final with Rafa Nadal comprehensively thrashing Juan Martin Del Potro, to cover the -6.5 game handicap easily.
Nadal is now the first player in the Open Era, male or female, to win the same Grand Slam tournament 11 times, a feat that has been dubbed La Undécima, after Real Madrid's bid to win an 11th European Cup. When he first halted play, Nadal removed that tape, which he said let his circulation improve. The two stars have combined to win the past six Slams.