Nadal wins his record 11th French Open

Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 on Sunday to claim his 11th French Open title, extending a record he already held. It was Nadal’s second straight title at Roland Garros. The 32-year-old Spaniard overcame a cramp in his racket-holding hand at 2-1 in the third set, which he said had left him “very, very scared.” He held on to win his 17th Grand Slam title, second only among male tennis players to Roger Federer’s 20. Thiem, a 24-year-old Austrian, paid tribute to Nadal after the match, saying that he remembered watching at age 11 as Nadal won the tournament for the first time. On Saturday, Simona Halep won her first women’s title, beating Sloane Stephens, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

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