Nadal now stands at 86-2 at French Open and continues to remain unbeaten in finals in Paris.
Seemingly cruising to victory, that's when Nadal called for the trainer.
Simona Halep entered Roland Garros at the top of the game with one title she was eager to shed: best player to never win a Slam.
Roland Garros is undergoing a major modernisation project, as have Wimbledon and Flushing Meadows, the venue of the U.S. Open. His form is compared to years past and the passage of time is made tangible on his birthday, which falls during the tournament every year. Thiem stayed with him for the better part of a set, before Nadal pulled away for a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory and his 11th championship at Roland Garros. "I just went straight to my chair and tried to cut the tape".
"If you told seven or eight years ago that I will be here at 32 years old having this trophy with me again, I will tell you that is something nearly impossible, but here we are". "I really wanted to win", the 24-year-old Austrian said.
On the other hand, Nadal just won the French Open for the eleventh time.
During one stretch of the final, Nadal's hand appeared to cramp up and as he received treatment the TV cameras zoomed in on the eye-catching timepiece.
"It was a cramping on the [middle] finger but it was not a normal cramping", Nadal explained afterwards.
17 is an awesome number, says Rafa Nadal "Difficult for me to think about it now". It was his best performance of the fortnight, as Nadal confirmed on court, just when he needed it most.
Australia's Rosewall was in the crowd on Sunday to see the final, 50 years after he won the title in Paris. Some paying customers at Philippe Chatrier or watching from a distance may have shared that sentiment - a predictable yearning for a close, competitive encounter.
Thiem put up a good fight in his opening service game of the third set, saving four breakpoints. However, here previous 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. "It was just bad misses".
"I mean, it's a big goal for me to play, soon, another Slam final", Thiem said. The Austrian followed that point up with three consecutive errors, and the first set went to the Spaniard.
Thiem didn't think that loose game to end the first set was as crucial as it might seemed to everyone else.
Nadal's win-loss record at the French Open, his only two losses coming against Swede Robin Soderling in the fourth round in 2009 and against Djokovic in the quarterfinals in 2015. "Let me enjoy this title", he said, mildly.