The victory also allowed the 32-year-old Spaniard to hold onto the No. 1 ranking. The No. 7-seeded Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, was appearing in a major final for the first time. Not much more of a daunting task than doing so against Nadal at the French Open, where he is now 11-0 in finals and 86-2 overall. If there were any reason for a bit of intrigue entering Sunday’s match, it was this: Thiem is the only person to beat Nadal on red clay over the past two seasons, doing so at Rome in May 2017 and at Madrid last month. Taking on Nadal at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament is a whole other challenge. Thiem stayed with Nadal in the early going on a steamy afternoon. But from 4-all in the opening set, Nadal grabbed five games in a row and was in charge.
Updated Most Majors all-time among men:Federer – 20 Nadal – 17 Sampras – 14 Djokovic – 12 Emerson – 12 Laver – 11 Borg – 11 — Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 10, 2018
Still dominating after all these years. pic.twitter.com/G3ZdTxCbRP— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 10, 2018
Nadal (32) and Federer (36) have now split the last 6 Majors:2017 Australian – Fed French – Nadal Wimbledon – Fed US Open – Nadal 2018 Australian – Fed French – Nadal https://t.co/VNIpeK1zio — Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 10, 2018