Rafael Nadal unsure of Wimbledon appearance after record French Open win

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Look back over Rafael Nadal's Grand Slam history after his 17th major win at the 2018 French Open at Roland Garros.

We picked up a victor in Friday's semi-final with Rafa Nadal comprehensively thrashing Juan Martin Del Potro, to cover the -6.5 game handicap easily. He became only the second player since Margaret Court (Australian Open) to pick up 11 titles at a major.

Nadal's reign on the red clay of the French Open is a well-documented one - he's referred to as the King of Clay, after all - but breaking down the numbers makes it all the more impressive and it stacks up even higher when compared to other tennis greats.

Tens of reactions (to say the least) on social media by famous people happened for the Rafael Nadal's 11th French Open title. The losses came against Thiem at Rome in May 2017 and at Madrid last month.

Nadal threw his arms skywards and turned to his entourage including coach and fellow Mallorcan Carlos Moya and his uncle Toni, who stood down from his coaching role past year after his nephew worn his 10th French crown.

Veteran pair Nadal and Federer have won the past six Grand Slams as their younger rivals struggle to dislodge them at the pinnacle of the game.

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.

According to Perrotta, Nadal has lost two Richard Mille watches that were stolen (one was later recovered) and almost lost a third when a fellow player found one in a locker room. The Austrian promised he had a game plan against Nadal for the final.

"Rafael Nadal is at 75 percent, is that enough to beat Thiem?". I had a long and mentally tough clay court season, of course, because I played nearly all the matches possible after coming from an injury.

The shot only managed to hit the net and Nadal won the point.

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.

Thiem dug in - especially in the roughly 13-minute sixth game - but he crumbled attempting to stay in the set, making four unforced errors.

As he showed in Monday's (NZT) final, Nadal remains indestructible, even when cramp turns his racket hand into an agonising claw.

But he shook off the early nerves and broke back in the third game with forehand victor ― pumping his fists in the direction of coach Gunter Bresnik.

After the match, Nadal said that the game needs Thiem and he "will win here in the next few years".

The only hiccup was Thiem, his challenge on last legs, fighting off the first four championship points on Nadal's serve in the eighth game. And the sun is far from setting on his clay empire.

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