Nadal joins '$100m club' after French Open win

It's good to see Djokovic in this situation after loss- Fabrice Santoro

French Open Men's Singles Day 15: Nadal value to lift the trophy with ease

"The watch keeps going always", Nadal said.

"If you tell me seven, eight years ago that I will be here, 32 years old, having this trophy with me again, I would tell you that is something nearly impossible, but here we are".

Another dominant statistic that might go unnoticed is that the King of Clay has only gone to five sets twice before, and he won both times.

In the third set, Nadal suffered a blip as he called for the trainer for a cramp in his left hand.

For an instant, before it became clear that he could continue, the unthinkable seemed possible. But as Nadal's uncle, Toni Nadal, said shortly afterwards, "this is not normal".

"I want to say well played to Dominic. So, yeah, I just went straight to my chair because I went - I didn't know even what I did". It was his best performance of the fortnight, as Nadal confirmed on court, just when he needed it most.

Australia's Rosewall presented the trophy to the Spaniard, 50 years after he won the title in Paris.

After the victory - which saw Nadal claim his 17th Grand Slam title in total, just three behind Roger Federer's all-time record of 20 - social media was quick to laud the 32-year-old's staggering achievement.

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The Spaniard lifted his 17th major title at Roland Garros on Sunday, downing Dominic Thiem in his 11th victory in the French capital.

Nadal retained the momentum in the second set, breaking his opponent in the second game and holding out to edge closer to yet another title at Roland Garros.

Understandably, Thiem looked edgy as the match begun and he managed to win only one of the first eight points as Nadal, cheered loudly when he walked on court, bristled with intent.

The square-shouldered Austrian tried his best to engage with Nadal rather than let Nadal's avalanche of statistics overwhelm him. "It was just awful misses. I felt myself playing well on grass past year", the Spaniard said. The big serving Croatian even cried after the first set as he received medical attention though continued to play through the pain barrier.

Thiem is the only man to have beaten Nadal on clay over the past two seasons, including a surprise victory in the Madrid Open quarter-finals last month, but there was no repeat shock on Court Philippe Chatrier as the top seed prevailed 6-4 6-3 6-2. The Spaniard got early breaks in the second and third set, to keep a battling, but baffled, Thiem at bay.

Nadal's win-loss record at the French Open, his only two losses coming against Swede Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and against Djokovic in the quarterfinals in 2015. I am enjoying that moment.

While we have an edge here, I appreciate that backing a heavy odds-on shot isn't most people's cup of tea, so the game handicap should be a viable proposition. Of course, I have ambition, of course.

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