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10 June 2018, 10:37 | Anna Jefferson
Rafael Nadal has already won 10 titles at Roland Garros. | Cameron Spencer Getty Images
Thiem arrived in Paris in hot form, having picked up more Tour-level wins than any player in 2018 and beaten Nadal in the Madrid Open quarter-finals last month, snapping Nadal's 21-match winning streak and his run of 50 straight sets won on clay.
Thiem, who had already recorded his best result at Grand Slams with a final appearance in Paris, will rise to No. 7 on world rankings.
The Spaniard also won the title without losing a set, becoming the third man to do so in the Open era after Ilie Nastase and Borg.
The Austrian hit straight back to inflict an eleventh break of the tournament on the Spaniard as the first set became a mixture of brilliance and attrition, with the first seven games taking 45 minutes. Nadal won the next two games easily to take the set in a cool 57 minutes.
Fair enough Thiem was demolished by Nadal in last year's semi-final in Paris but today's seventh seed has added more aggression and self belief to his game.
"I am sure you will win here in the next couple of years", Nadal told Thiem afterward.
Rafael Nadal extends his record at Roland Garros to 86 victories and just two losses.
He displayed his lethal weapon of single-handed backhand, while being troubled by unfavorable performance on his first serves, conceding the first set 6-4.
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.
Nadal wept after being handed the trophy by Australian legend Ken Rosewall - who won the inaugural French Open in 1968.
Two breaks later Nadal was in a familiar position, serving for the title, and when another Thiem forehand dropped long, his arms were raised in celebration, yet again.
The 10-time champion is playing Dominic Thiem. Nadal, Federer, Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray - the so-called Big Four - have dominated the men's game to such a degree that Thiem is only the second player now younger than 28 to have reached a major singles final.
Though Thiem may pose a threat to Nadal's dominance, he has endured some struggles at Roland Garros.
Because there's still no beating Nadal on Parisian clay in the final weekend at Roland Garros. There is a slight chance of rain, but not until later in the afternoon after 5pm.
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