PARIS, June 10 (Reuters) - A ruthless Rafa Nadal stormed to a record-extending 11th French Open title on Sunday, beating Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-4 6-3 6-2 in the final at Roland Garros.
The world number one stormed out of the blocks, winning the first six points of the match and breaking Thiem early in the first set to open up a 2-0 lead.
That set the pattern of the match, with early service breaks in each of the subsequent sets sending Nadal on his way to victory and denying Thiem the chance to become only the second Austrian to win at Roland Garros.
The only real scare Nadal had was a bout of cramp in the third set, but normal service resumed after the Spaniard removed the tape from his left forearm and he wrapped up the win on his fifth match point.
“It’s not even a dream to win here 11 times, because it’s impossible to think of something like this,” Nadal said after his victory.
Earlier in the day, sixth seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic outclassed Japanese duo Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya 6-3 6-3 to win the women’s doubles title.
Highlights from day 15 of the French Open tennis championships on Sunday (times GMT):
“I can’t describe my feelings because it’s not even a dream to win here 11 times because it’s impossible to think of something like this.” - Nadal on what it means to win his 11th title at Roland Garros.
It’s beyond a dream, Nadal says of 11th French Open title
Demolition man Nadal claims record-extending 11th French title
FACTBOX-Nadal v Thiem - match stats
FACTBOX-French Open champion Rafael Nadal
FACTBOX-List of French Open men’s singles champions
Czech duo Siniakova and Krejcikova win women’s doubles
Nadal seals a record-extending 11th French Open title with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory over Thiem.
The Spaniard raced into a 40-0 lead to earn three match points. Thiem clawed his way back to deuce, but Nadal claimed victory on his fifth match point after the Austrian sent a backhand return long.
Nadal will serve for the French Open title after breaking Thiem for a second time to take a 5-2 lead in the third set.
Nadal’s march towards an 11th title continues apace with the Spaniard breaking Thiem early in the third set to go 2-1 up.
The Spaniard races into a 30-0 lead on his own serve before calling for the trainer mid-game, saying he cannot hold his racket. Back on court after a brief interval, Nadal extends his lead to 3-1.
1510 NADAL RACES INTO TWO-SET LEAD OVER THIEM
Nadal is one set away from winning the French Open after winning the second set 6-3 against Thiem.
Thiem has been unable to find a rhythm, making 30 unforced errors to Nadal’s 19 so far. The Spaniard has also been more effective coming to the net, winning 11 of 13 points, while Thiem has won two of eight.
Thiem produces a convincing service game, holding to love to come back to 3-1 down in the second set against Nadal.
He carries that momentum into the next game, going 0-30 up, but the Spaniard comes roaring back. Thiem forces a deuce with a forehand down the line, but concedes the game with a couple of loose shots.
Nadal leads 4-1 in the second set.
Thiem is in trouble as Nadal breaks to take a 2-0 lead in the second set.
Thiem scrapped hard to save four break points but Nadal is relentless, keeping up the pressure until the seventh seed sends a backhand long. Nadal then holds to 15 to go 3-0 up.
Thiem nets a volley to send Nadal on his way and the Spaniard races into a 40-0 lead to secure three set points on the Austrian’s serve. He converts to win the first set 6-4.
Thiem is playing at his limit just to stay in touch. The Austrian has been broken early and pushed to deuce in each of his service games, while Nadal is largely comfortable on serve.
The Spaniard leads 4-3 in the first set.
Thiem reacted well to going a break down, setting up two break points of his own with a crosscourt forehand and claiming the second with another forehand winner. The Austrian trails Nadal 2-1.
Nadal won his opening service game to love and then went 30-0 up on Thiem’s serve before the Austrian won his first point.
Thiem hit a backhand long to give Nadal two break points and the Spaniard converted to lead 2-0 in the first set.
1050 KREJCIKOVA AND SINIAKOVA WIN WOMEN’S DOUBLES FINAL.
Czech sixth seeds Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova won the women’s doubles final on Sunday, beating Japan’s Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya 6-3 6-3 to claim their first grand slam title. (Compiled by Simon Jennings in Bengaluru; Editing by Pritha Sarkar)