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Rafael Nadal claims 11th French Open crown

Mon, Jun 11, 10:33am by Staff Writer

Rafael Nadal has claimed a stunning 11th French Open crown after defeating Dominic Thiem in straight sets on Monday morning.

Nadal has now won 17 Grand Slam titles in all, as he chases the equally as legendary Roger Federer who has 20 Grand Slams.

Rafa was ruthless in dispatching the Austrian, forcing him to win every single point, as he powered to a straight sets win 6-4 6-3 6-2.

Despite dealing with a hand and finger issue midway through the third set, Nadal remained focused and dispatched Thiem with ease.

An 11th French Open crown caps off a remarkable clay season for Nadal, who has won titles in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Rome to go with his major win in Paris.

Thiem is the only player to defeat Nadal on clay this season when he earned a straight sets win against the Spaniard at the Madrid Masters in May.

Nadal effortlessly progressing to the final, dropping just a single set against Diego Schwartzman in the quarter finals.

Routine victories against Bolelli, Pella, Gasquet and Marterer were followed by his four-set win against Schwartzman and a straight sets semi-final win against his good friend Juan Martin del Potro.

World number nine Thiem reached his first Grand Slam final and was tested throughout the tournament.

After winning the ATP250 title in Lyon leading into the French Open, he would have to play three weeks of tennis to claim the crown, something which is seldom achieved in professional tennis.

Four set wins against rising stars Stefanos Tsitsipas and Matteo Berrettini ensured that Thiem was focused heading into the second week of the tournament.

He easily dispatched Kei Nishikori and one of the pre-tournament favourites in Alexander Zverev with relative ease.

A semi-final win against Italy’s Marco Cecchinato was also tough, particularly during the first two sets, before Thiem dominated the third set.

Of the other star players at the tournament, it was a disappointing French Open for second seed Alexander Zverev who played three consecutive five set matches before succumbing to Thiem in the quarter finals.

Novak Djokovic was part of one of the matches of the tournament when he lost to Cecchinato in the quarter finals as a $1.10 favourite.

All attention now turns to the grass court season, with just three weeks until the start of the Wimbledon Championships.

Roger Federer makes his return to the tour after opting out of competing in the clay season, as he did in 2017.

That decision reaped enormous benefits for Federer in the latter half of last season, as he claimed another Wimbledon crown.

He is once again favourite to win the tournament at $2.63 at Sportsbet, with familiar foes Novak Djokovic ($6) and Rafael Nadal ($6.50) the next best.

Andy Murray has struggled on tour with injury this season and his price of $11 is not worthy of consideration, despite his previous results at the event.

Alexander Zverev ($11) and Marin Cilic ($13) are two of the more consistent players on tour and with Cilic having made the 2017 final, the pedigree certainly exist for him to make a deep run into the tournament.

Australia’s Nick Kyrgios has battled injured all season, withdrawing from the French Open. Grass is his most explosive surface and he has the ability to stun more fancied opponents as a $21 title shot.

Wimbledon Championship Odds – Sportsbet

Roger Federer $2.63

Novak Djokovic $6

Rafael Nadal $6.50

Andy Murray $11

Alexander Zverev $11

Marin Cilic $13

Juan Martin del Potro

Nick Kyrgios $21

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