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14 June 2018, 04:34 | Charlene Valdez
GETTYDominic Thiem has been warned about the dangers of going five sets with Rafael Nadal
Over the best-of-five sets on clay, Nadal improved to 111-2 - it is a figure nearly as imposing as the nearby Eiffel Tower - his lone reverses coming against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015 at the French Open.
Nadal's streak began at Roland Garros past year and was ended by Thiem, who beat the Spaniard in straight sets in the quarterfinals of the Madrid Open.
If Nadal wins, it will be his 11th French Open title and it will take him a step closer to arch-rival Roger Federer. "Good couple of weeks, and then the plan is to play Eastbourne to get a couple of matches, maybe more, go all the way there and get her game ready for Wimbledon and I would say she'll be full of confidence going into the grass and she'll give it her best shot", said the Aussie.
"I want to think that is possible", Toni said.
If there were any reason for a bit of intrigue entering Sunday's match, it was this: Thiem beat Nadal in two sets on red clay at Rome in May 2017 and again at Madrid last month.
Nadal was rampant when he broke early in the second but Thiem raised his game to force a break point when Nadal served at 4-2 - a game in which the Spaniard was warned for slow play. A forehand long. Just like that, Nadal was off on a five-game run that put him up 3-0 in the second set.
The problem for the 24-year-old was that his serve wasn't co-operating.
He saved another two in the 11-minute sixth game, a performance cheered by the crowd who briefly became more animated when glum-looking French football icon Zinedine Zidane was spotted in the stadium.
Rafael Nadal celebrates by kissing the trophy after winning the final against Dominic Thiem at the 2018 French Open June 10, 2018.
The world No. 1 went up 40-0 during Thiem's first service of the third set.
Nadal will be a big loss to the tournament if he opts to stay away, although fans will be able to see Federer in action again. The two stars have combined to win the past six Slams.
"And the fact that I didn't give up after the one previous year here [in which she lost in three sets to Jelena Ostapenko] means that I'm strong inside and I do this just because I love this sport".
The victory also allowed the 32-year-old Spaniard to hold onto the No. 1 ranking. The French Open statisticians are nicer than they should be, as all but one of Thiem's 19 errors in that stretch were unforced (officially, 12 were unforced and seven were forced).
A trainer was called and he briefly inspected Nadal's left wrist.
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