Nadal's latest triumph in Paris sees him join Margaret Court, who dominated the Australian Open in the 1960s and 70s, as the only player to win 11 singles titles at one grand slam. There is nothing to suggest Nadal's domination on the Parisian dirt will end any time soon. Nadal's "La Decima" was his 10th French Open, and he managed it without dropping a set throughout the tournament.
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.
He reeled off the first six points for a 2-0 lead before Thiem settled and repaired the damage for 2-2.
He's the only player to beat Nadal on clay in the past two years - in Rome last year and in Madrid last month.
- Nadal's uncle Miguel Angel Nadal was a former soccer player who represented Barcelona, RCD Mallorca and the Spain national team.
"What you did and what you are doing is the most outstanding thing an athlete can achieve in sport", the 24-year-old said.
'I can't describe my feelings.
The result also marks the sixth consecutive Grand Slam won by either Nadal or Federer. It's not even a dream to win here 11 times.
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"Congratulations. It is wonderful".
Thiem was considered the stiffest test for Nadal at the French Open and understandably so.
By contrast, Thiem was competing in his maiden major final and although he matched his illustrious opponent for large parts of the opening set, he crumbled at the crunch and never really regained his poise.
But he shook off the early nerves and broke back in the third game with forehand victor - pumping his fists in the direction of coach Gunter Bresnik. Serving at less than 50%, Nadal got plenty of looks at second serves.
Thiem undid all his good work in the next game, netting an easy volley on the first point and gifting Nadal three more unforced errors to hand over the first set. "Best of five is also different story".
The Spaniard's 11th Monte Carlo title and his eighth Rome title were his 31st and 32nd Masters titles, respectively, breaking a tie with Djokovic, who has won 30.
Thiem courageously saved three break points to start the third, yet dropped serve in his next service game.
But against Thiem, there was nothing wrong with Nadal's start.