By the numbers - Rafael Nadal 86-2 at Roland Garros

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He began that quest Sunday, winning his record-extending 11th title on the clay at Roland Garros and 17th major overall with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory over his spirited but ultimately vanquished challenger, Dominic Thiem.

And with The French Open wrapping up yesterday (10 June) with yet another victory for Rafael Nadal - who beat Dominic Thiem in the final to land the men's singles title yet again - the final day of the tournament proved to be the hottest ticket in Paris over the weekend.

On a related note, top seed and Romanian tennis ace Simona Halep won her first-ever French Open grand slam title on Saturday after surging past a fighting Sloane Stephens of the United States in just over two hours in three sets- 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

Thiem failed to become the second Austrian player in history to win a Grand Slam title after the 1995 Roland Garros champion Thomas Muster, while having already posted his best result at Grand Slams with a final appearance in Paris and being destined to rise to No. 7 on next week's world rankings.

"When someone wins 11 times here, for me it's unbelievable to think about this", said uncle Toni.

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Even though the trainer was called to examine a wrist and finger complaint after a break to lead 2-1 in the third, Nadal never wavered.

However, this was against a different Nadal, in his 24th slam final and at a place where only two men have beaten him over the five-set format in his entire career.

He was serving in the fourth game when he went back to his chair and unwrapped strapping on his left wrist.

He now has 86 match wins on Paris' famous crushed red brick against just two defeats in 13 years.

Thankfully for Nadal - less so for Thiem - he was able to finish the job and continue his remarkable domination at Roland Garros with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory.

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Nadal, however, averted danger with a pass after dragging Thiem in with a deft drop-shot. He lost the first set - the only one he actually dropped - then turned things around following a rain delay.

Nadal will have Federer's record of 20 Grand Slams in his sights, and will be hoping to challenge the Swiss at Wimbledon at the start of July. It was Nadal's 60th win in a row on clay. "He's won seven times at Wimbledon so he'll definitely be up there as one of the favourites, but you never know; it depends a little bit on the draw".

The Spaniard edged an intense opening set, tightening his grip in the second.

The Spaniard had been the hot favourite to win the second Slam of the year, after warming up with three clay-court titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome. The world No. 8, too, was the last man to overcome Nadal on clay, last month in Madrid. A spate of poor play quickly saw him lose the first three games of the set.

Only Nadal, Pete Sampras and Ken Rosewall have managed the feat of winning Grand Slam titles in their teens, 20s and 30s.

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