Thiem said: “It’s one of the most awesome things that an
athlete has ever achieved in sport, to win this title 11 times.
“When you won here for the first time I was 11 years old
watching on the TV. I never expected that one day I would play the finals here,
so I’m still really happy.”
Nadal added: “I want to say well played to Dominic.
“He’s played a great two weeks. I am sure you will win here in the next couple of years.”
Nadal said: “It’s truly unbelievable.
“It was my best match of the tournament and I needed to play
well because Dominic is a very aggressive player.
“When I got problems in my hand I was very scared. Today was
“I can’t describe my feelings. It’s not even a dream to win
here 11 times, because it’s impossible to think of something like this.”
RAFAEL NADAL 6-4 6-3 6-2 DOMINIC THIEM
Thiem saves four championship points as Nadal’s body and nerves falter. But the Spaniard wins the fifth. More history for Nadal. Only he and Margaret Court have won the same Slam 11 times. The Australian did it across the amateur and Open eras. He’s done it in the greatest era of men’s tennis. Amazing.
RAFAEL NADAL 6-4 6-3 *5-2 DOMINIC THIEM
That’s pretty poor from Thiem. He knows Nadal is in a bit of trouble but can’t come up with a strategy to capitalise. To be fair, though, the Spaniard is going all out now and breaks to earn the chance to serve for his 11th title.