Rafael Nadal unsure if he will defend French Open title in 2019

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Uncle Toni, no longer his nephew's coach but back in his customary seat on the end of the players' box, two seats down from the current coach, Carlos Moya, summed it up perfectly.

"So I am not much anxious about the future".

"I still remember when you won here the first time in 2005".

"He managed to do it well".

Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal powered past Austrian promising star Dominic Thiem in straight sets here on Sunday, claiming his record-extending 11th title along with an eye-catching 86-2 record at Roland Garros. But I never have been insane about all this kind of stuff.

"If you win a grand slam tournament 11 times, one single one, then this is just very exceptional and incredible", said Thiem.

Paris - If Benjamin Franklin were alive today, he'd have to amend his belief that death and taxes are life's only certainties and add a third - Rafael Nadal winning the French Open. Thiem, 24, is the only player to beat Nadal on clay in the past two years.

"Difficult for me to think about it now", Nadal said. On Friday, Thiem's coach Gunter Bresnik called him the best competitor of all time in any sport.

Victory on Sunday moved Nadal to just three Slams behind his great rival Roger Federer who, at 36, is more than four years older. Nadal's level immediately cooled off a little, though, and Thiem worked his way back into the set as he broke back in the following service game. He was visited by the trainer that day, too, with Nadal saying it was to prevent sweat from traveling to his hand.

Nadal then served out that game. Serving at less than 50%, Nadal got plenty of looks at second serves.

This historical analysis doesn't lend itself to fancying Thiem's chances of denying Nadal an 11th French Open title this afternoon, and neither did my model pricing either.

Nadal added another US Open crown at Arthur Ashe Stadium in NY in 2013 and a third past year.

He has not been broken since. Midway through the opening set, Nadal's aqua T-shirt was so soaked with sweat it stuck to him.

Thiem is contesting his first Grand Slam final. "The watch keeps going always", Nadal said. He has won every final he has reached, and in those 11 showpieces he has dropped just six sets. 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 long run at the top seemed unlikely then, but he takes great satisfaction in enduring.

The Spaniard will remain world number one rather than Federer following his latest triumph in Paris, where he became only the second player to triumph more than 10 times at the same major - Margaret Court being the other.

The crowd cheered when Zidane was shown on the big screen. He converted the second to make the score 2-1.

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.

The 10-time champion is playing Dominic Thiem.

A few hours earlier, as Nadal and Thiem warmed up, the booming voice of the announcer at Court Philippe Chatrier detailed the bona fides of both. It was also a rematch of last year's U.S. Open final, in which Stephens topped Keys.

On the women's side, newly-crowned French Open champion Simona Halep continues to lead the pack.

Nicknamed "Muscles", he first won the French Open at 17 years old in 1953 and took out his second with a win over countryman Rod Laver in 1968.