Almost fittingly Rafael Nadal’s quest to win an 11th French Open title came against the only man who has gotten the better of him on clay in the last two years. Austria’s Dominic Thiem beat Nadal in Rome last year and again in Madrid this year . He ended Nadal’s winning streak of consecutive sets won on the surface.
For the Austrian Thiem, it was a challenge he hadn’t faced before, a grandslam final – a five setter against Nadal. It was a stretch too far as Nadal took his pound of flesh and pummeled Thiem to submission in a devastating one sided matchup on French clay. Nadal crushed Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to secure his 11th French Open title and his 17th Overall Grand slam