French Open champion Rafael Nadal

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Ramos is now in Russian Federation with the Spanish squad as they prepare for the World Cup, but took time out to tweet in Spanish, hailing Nadal for his "dynasty on clay", calling him a "tennis legend" and "sporting hero".

Rafael Nadal was understandably delighted in the aftermath of his 11th French Open title win on a historic day at Roland Garros.

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

Austria's Dominic Thiem strained every sinew trying to cling on to the 32-year-old Spaniard and at times even gained a precarious foothold in his first Grand Slam final.

Federer (9 at Halle, 8 at Basel) and Argentine clay-court legend Guillermo Vilas (8, Buenos Aires) are the male players with the next highest number of titles at a tournament below Grand Slam level.


Nadal now stands at 86-2 at French Open and continues to remain unbeaten in finals in Paris.

No stranger to rewriting the record books along with his friendly rival, Roger Federer, here is another feat for the Spaniard: He joined Margaret Court in becoming the only tennis players in history to win the same grand slam 11 times.

This historical analysis doesn't lend itself to fancying Thiem's chances of denying Nadal an 11th French Open title this afternoon, and neither did my model pricing either.

Whilst the prestige of winning yet another major is recognition enough for the Manacor born star, he will also take home the record prize pot of 2.2 million euros.

In an interview yesterday, Nadal said, he will have to "play his best" to beat Dominic Thiem in Sunday's French Open final and secure an 11th Roland Garros title. Federer's record in Wimbledon finals is 8-3.


Nadal ended a three-year Grand Slam drought with a brilliant performance against Stan Wawrinka in the 2017 French Open final.

Nadal celebrated in relatively low key fashion, but then there is not much novelty value in this.

The win helped him extend his incredible run at Roland Garros to 66 wins and just one defeat over 10 years. Became the first man to win five successive French Open titles in 2014.

The number of Masters 1000 titles won by Nadal, the most by a single player since the series began in 1990.

There was still fight in Thiem, though, and he had a break point when Nadal served at 4-2 - a game in which the Spaniard was warned for taking too long to serve.


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