Rafael Nadal claims his 11th French Open title against Grand Slam final newbie Dominic Thiem

RAFA NADAL remains King of the clay, as he claims his 11th French Open title.

In just the second Grand Slam of the season, the Spaniard has proved why he's the number one seed.

 Nadal was overcome with emotion after winning his 11th French Open, which is his 17th Grand Slam title

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Nadal was overcome with emotion after winning his 11th French Open, which is his 17th Grand Slam title
 The Spanish legend achieved tennis immortality today in Paris

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The Spanish legend achieved tennis immortality today in Paris

There was however a plot twist in the third set, as Nadal received treatment for what was believed to be cramp.

And his service speed was greatly reduced from 115mph, to 106mph, as he looked to be suffering.

But the 32-year-old Spanish legend had done enough early on and was a consummate professional as he fired his way through the third and final set just before the weather changed.

The tournament this year is the first time since 1992 that both the men's and women's top seeds have won at Roland Garros after Simona Halep pinched the women's title yesterday.

Nadal's incredible run during Roland Garros saw Nadal drop just one set, in the quarter-finals.

 Nadal received treatment court side for what is believed to have been cramp- it knocked him slightly but he managed to power through to ensure he retained his grip on the trophy

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Nadal received treatment court side for what is believed to have been cramp- it knocked him slightly but he managed to power through to ensure he retained his grip on the trophy
 Nadal congratulated Thiem and called him an aggressive, tough opponent who he thought would win at Roland Garros in the future

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Nadal congratulated Thiem and called him an aggressive, tough opponent who he thought would win at Roland Garros in the future

Dominic Thiem featured in his first Grand Slam final and will be no doubt be a contender for titles in the future, but today there were times he was left speechless by the tennis juggernaut.

The Austrian didn't make it easy for the tennis legend, but was forced into corners and positions that made it difficult to return.

Nadal himself congratulated Thiem's style of play in the final and called him an aggressive and difficult opposition.

He even claimed that the young tennis star would himself lift the trophy in Paris in the future.

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RAFA NADAL remains King of the clay, as he claims his 11th French Open title.