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Nadal captures 11th French Open title

World number one Rafael Nadal won an 11th French Open title by beating Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets. 32 year old Nadal won 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to earn his 17th Grand Slam, three adrift of Roger Federer's all-time men's record. The Spaniard edged an intense opening set, tightening his grip in the second.

And despite suffering cramps in the third, he increased the tempo further, beating Thiem in his first major final when the 24-year-old returned long. The victory means the past six Grand Slam titles have been won by either Nadal or Federer with the next generation of players finding it hard to break the veterans' stranglehold on the game.

Nadal is only the second player in history to win the same Grand Slam on 11 occasions after Margaret Court, who won 11 Australian Open titles between 1960 and 1973.



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