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Top seed Rafael Nadal has won his 17th Grand Slam in a grand style after beating Dominic Thiem, 6-4 6-3 6-2. This Grand Slam title brings him three short of Roger Federer, the record holder for the highest number of Grand Slam.

Nadal, 32, had a challenging first set with Dominic Thiem but eased past him in succeeding sets despite having cramp in the third. He played with intensity and fierceness.

“It’s a dream to win 11 times,” Nadal said.

“It was important to play the way I did. It was a tough moment when I got cramp. He is a player who pushes you to the limit.”

Record has it that the last six Grand Slam titles has either been won by Nadal or Federer. They’ve been tough oppositions for anyone who intend to beat them to the title.

Nadal is the only second player in history to win the same Grand Slam on 11 occasions after Margaret Court, who won 11 Australian Open titles between 1960 and 1973.

Nadal who has been the favorite to bag the title because of his form and exceptional performance in the Clay court and hence he’s called “King of Clay”.

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Nadal, 32, won 6-4 6-3 6-2 to earn his 17th Grand Slam, three adrift of Roger Federer’s all-time men’s record.

The Spaniard edged an intense opening set, tightening his grip in the second.

And despite having cramp in the third he increased the tempo further, beating Thiem in his first major final when the 24-year-old returned long.

“It’s a dream to win 11 times,” Nadal said.

“It was important to play the way I did. It was a tough moment when I got cramp. He is a player who pushes you to the limit.”

The victory means the past six Grand Slam titles have been won by either Nadal or Federer with the next generation of players finding it hard to break the veterans’ stranglehold on the game.

Nadal is the only second player in history to win the same Grand Slam on 11 occasions after Margaret Court, who won 11 Australian Open titles between 1960 and 1973.

However, it was not all smooth for Nadal, who missed four match points on his own serve before clinching victory when Thiem went long on the fifth.

Nadal dropped his racquet at the baseline in celebration before turning to his box and raising both hands skywards.

The Spaniard had been the hot favourite to win t

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