"Tough moment in the third set when I got a little bit cramped on the hand", Nadal said.
The Spanish world number one took his Roland Garros win-loss record to 86-2 as he captured his 17th Grand Slam title by demolishing the seventh seed, who was hoping to become the second Austrian to win at Roland Garros.
On Sunday, Thiem was right out there at Court Philippe Chatrier, too, making his initial appearance in a major final, swapping shots with that very same Nadal.
"I have never been insane about this kind of stuff", said Nadal. Like so numerous pretenders, Thiem just did not have quite the same level of consistency to derail the Spaniard, who ruthlessly targeted his flowing backhand.
The score may have looked rather routine but there was some drama in the third set when Nadal called for the trainer at 2-1, 30-0. He's a good friend, one of these players that the tour needs.
The 31-year-old now holds 17 Grand Slam titles, just three behind Roger Federer.
Going into this year's French Open, or even the clay season, it seemed fated to end with another Nadal victory.
Well, we never thought we'd see the day, but that rather exciting prospect came true during the Laver Cup in Prague past year.
"Along with Nadal, he is literally still the world of men's tennis, and to not play a Grand Slam on a surface that we play for two months, on which everybody has grown up on, to not come to the showpiece of claycourt tennis, it hurts the tournament, it hurts professional tennis, it hurts men's tennis".
Denis Shapovalov built up a serious head of steam by winning six of eight matches at Madrid and Rome to surge to 26th in the ATP rankings, putting away the concerns of losing in the first round of the two clay tournaments he played (Monte Carlo and Budapest) before that. The first came in 2011 against John Isner in the first round and the second against Novak Djokovic in the 2013 semifinals.
'I happy that other people have things, and I am very satisfied, and I feel very lucky with all the things that happened it me.
The match turned at 5-4 when, on the first point, Thiem missed a simple forehand volley.
Nadal remained implacable in the homestretch, intent on ignoring his temporarily impaired hand, outracing the rainclouds that hovered close and low but didn't erupt, and trying to outrun, outhit and outwit a player who was 11 years old when he won his first title here in 2005.
Thiem, competing in his first major final, was second best in the next set as he was edged out in a gruelling second game for the only break of serve.
But against Thiem, there was nothing wrong with Nadal's start.
Unfortunately for him, Thiem began the second set the same way he ended the first.