Under so much pressure from Nadal throughout match, Thiem errors piled up

Under so much pressure from Nadal throughout match, Thiem errors piled up

Victory on Sunday meant that Nadal became just the fourth man of the modern era to win three or more Grand Slam titles after turning 30, joining Federer, Rod Laver and Ken Rosewall.

To Thiem's credit, he played for broke in Sunday's final, going for winners.

Zverev's record at the majors remains mixed - he was knocked out in the third round at the Australian Open in January and second round at the 2017 US Open. Jorge Lorenzo, Marc Marquez, Fernando Alonso - but especially former and active tennis players praised the new chapter of history written by the 17-time Grand Slam victor.

Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates by kissing the trophy after winning the final against Austria's Dominic Thiem.

With a celebrity audience - including actors Hugh Grant and Tim Roth as well as French stars Marion Cotillard and Jean Dujardin - watching, Nadal flew out of the blocks.

However, it was not all smooth sailing for Nadal on Sunday, as he started suffering cramps on his left hand in the third set.

Two of the Spaniard's 17 Grand Slam titles came on the All England Club's lawns, but the 32-year-old has struggled to make an impact there in recent years.

The Spaniard, who turned 32 during his Roland Garros fortnight, was once again at his grinding, unflinching, un-giving best as he downed Thiem 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 in Sunday's final.

Federer was on the receiving end of another major defeat as Nadal landed his first Wimbledon title - 9-7 in the fifth set and in near-darkness. I played a very good match today. He overcame that hurdle with a run to the quarterfinals, having survived three five-setters in a row along the way.

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Ramos is now in Russian Federation with the Spanish squad as they prepare for the World Cup, but took time out to tweet in Spanish, hailing Nadal for his "dynasty on clay", calling him a "tennis legend" and "sporting hero".

The shot only managed to hit the net and Nadal won the point. That's two losses in 14 years.

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.

Unfortunately for him, Thiem began the second set the same way he ended the first.

But Nadal showed no signs of slowing down his march to history.

Thiem has established himself as one of the game's best on the dirt.

"I have to come back to speak with my team", said Nadal, who pulled out of Queen's in 2016 -because of a serious wrist injury and a year ago because of exhaustion.

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. Thiem making unforced errors. And the sun is far from setting on his clay empire.

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