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10 June 2018, 09:40 | Anna Jefferson
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".
Playing the king of clay at the French Open is akin to scaling Mont Blanc without any ropes and even an intrepid adventurer from Europe's Alpine heartland found it a peak too steep as Rafael Nadal claimed an 11th title on Sunday. Only two players have ever come from two sets down to beat the Spaniard, and neither of those occasions was on his favourite surface.
Nadal wept after being handed the trophy by Australian legend Ken Rosewall - who won the inaugural French Open in 1968.
The result also marks the sixth consecutive Grand Slam won by either Nadal or Federer.
A year later he exacted his revenge over the Swede, but this time in the final for his fifth Roland Garros title.
He joined Australia's Margaret Court as the only player to win 11 titles at the same major, while the victory also took his record at Roland Garros to 86 wins and just two losses.
Thiem is the only man to have beaten Nadal on clay over the past two seasons, including a surprise victory in the Madrid Open quarter-finals last month, but there was no repeat shock on Court Philippe Chatrier as the top seed prevailed 6-4 6-3 6-2. Federer's record in Wimbledon finals is 8-3. However, here past year in the semi-finals, Nadal destroyed Thiem, losing just seven games in a rout, but it is worth mentioning that Thiem triumphed in their last meeting in Madrid last month, in the quarter-finals.
Nadal celebrated in relatively low key fashion, but then there is not much novelty value in this.
Nadal's Barcelona Open semifinal win over David Goffin was his 400th tour-level clay-court match win, making him the fourth man in the Open Era to win 400 matches on clay, after Vilas (659), Manuel Orantes (502) and Muster (422).
The win helped him extend his incredible run at Roland Garros to 66 wins and just one defeat over 10 years.
At the age of 19, he became the first teenager to win a major singles title since Pete Sampras at the US Open in 1990.
The Spaniard's 11th Monte Carlo title and his eighth Rome title were his 31st and 32nd Masters titles, respectively, breaking a tie with Djokovic, who has won 30.
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