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Rafael Nadal picks his best wins ever

The dust will hardly have settled on Nadal's record-extending 11th Roland Garros title achieved with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 defeat of Austrian Dominic Thiem before the demolition teams move in to start ripping out chunks of the old concrete.

In claiming a 17th Grand Slam title, Nadal matched Margaret Court's record of titles at a single major ― hers all coming at the Australian Open.

Thiem is the only player to have beaten Nadal on clay in the past two years - winning in best-of-three set matches in Rome and Madrid. However, here past year in the semi-finals, Nadal destroyed Thiem, losing just seven games in a rout, but it is worth mentioning that Thiem triumphed in their last meeting in Madrid last month, in the quarter-finals.

"Tough moment", Nadal would say later. But after, the Spaniard was imperious.

At 2-1 in the fourth set, Nadal stopped serving during a game because he couldn't straighten his left middle finger. The trainer massaged Nadal's forearms twice but it was still not good enough to halt the Spaniard and the job was complete when Thiem's backhand sailed long.

If Thiem is, as he is widely regarded, the second best clay-court player in the world then he probably has a few more of these pummellings to look forward to at least until Nadal, 32, finally calls it a day.

Katherine Lam is a breaking and trending news digital producer for Fox News.

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The 83-year-old was presented to the crowd at the beginning of the trophy presentation, with a highlights package played on the big screen.

The Spaniard also won the title without losing a set, becoming the third man to do so in the Open era after Ilie Nastase and Borg.

Thiem was considered the stiffest test for Nadal at the French Open and understandably so. Federer's 11 are at Wimbledon, and if Nadal beats Thiem on Sunday, he'll keep his flawless French final mark; he's never lost in the ultimate match at this event.

Come rain or shine, the passing of the years or a worrying attack of cramp in the hand, nothing seems to be able to stop Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.

Nadal is so dominant and so impervious on clay, in general, and at this tournament, especially, it made sense for Thiem to go for broke as much as possible, accepting that there would be risks along with the rewards. A forehand long. Just like that, Nadal was off on a five-game run that put him up 3-0 in the second set.

After winning 26 of his 27 matches throughout the European claycourt season and 81 of his last 86 sets on clay, there is nothing to suggest Nadal's domination in Paris will end soon. Across the other slow-medium clay venues - Monte Carlo, Barcelona and here - Nadal has utterly schooled Thiem.

An edgy Thiem won only one of the first eight points as Nadal, cheered to the rafters when he walked on court, bristled with intent.

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