Rafael Nadal claims 11th French Open title

Roland Garros to stay on ITV until 2021

Thiem, meanwhile, says he knows what he must do to get the better of Nadal. "I could not hold the racquet for a few minutes". I was very scared but that's sport - it was very humid. But the unrelenting Nadal continued to fire winners from behind the baseline and again broke early, consolidating for a 3-1 lead. The impairment scare didn't set him back.

Nadal called on the trainer to get his forearms massaged twice in the final set but even that problem failed to improve Thiem's chances of emulating fellow Austrian Thomas Muster's 1995 triumph.

The signs were already ominous for Thiem at that stage because in 112 best-of-five-set matches, Nadal had never lost after taking the first set.

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. Thiem did force Nadal to save a breakpoint, but a less aggressive approach due to the mounting enforced errors meant there was little pressure on Nadal.

ITV has extended its exclusive free-to-air rights deal with the French Tennis Federation (FFT) to show the French Open in the United Kingdom until 2021.

A dejected Nadal suffered a stunning loss against Robin Soderling at the French Open. For quite some time, he has been touted as the rightful successor to the southpaw at Roland Garros.

"The King of Clay" won French Open number nine and record a fifth successive victory by defeating rival Djokovic in four sets.

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Earlier, 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. It's being referred to as "undécima" - Spanish for "the eleventh". The Spaniard, who is one win away from his 17th Grand Slam title, is chasing another very important record.

Here are the list of numbers behind Rafael Nadal's 11th French Open crown.

The feat is unmatched in tennis history.

"It's wonderful, I can't describe my feelings because it's not even a dream to win here 11 times", said an emotional Nadal after the final.

He was unusually emotional, too.

Nadal is looking as comfortable as ever on the Philippe Chatrier court where has previously won the title 10 times.

ITV4 will continue to broadcast comprehensive coverage each year, with a guaranteed minimum of 90 hours devoted to each tournament.

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