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French Open 2018: Rafael Nadal Beats Dominic Thiem To Secure 11th Title

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| June 11 , 2018 , 14:35 IST

Rafael Nadal secured his 11th French Open title by defeating 24-year Austrian player, Dominic Thiem. Nadal secured a three-set victory of 6-4, 6-3, 6-2. The match was played at the Roland Garros stadium.

At 2-1 in the fourth set, Nadal stopped serving during the game because he couldn’t straighten his left middle finger. At the following changeover, Nadal was given a salt pill by a doctor and had his left forearm massaged by a trainer. The victory allowed him to hold the number one ranking.

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Dominic Thiem is a 24-year-old player of the Austrian origin. He was appearing in a major final for the first time. Thiem is ranked no. 7 in the Association of Tennis Professionals (ATP) rankings.  

The 11-time French Open Winner and Roland Garros champion while applauding his younger opponent said, "Dominic played great and I am sure he'll win here in the next couple of years. He's a good player and an even better person.

Thiem is the only person to beat Nadal on red clay over the past two seasons, doing so at Rome in May 2017 and at Madrid last month.