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Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win 12th French Open title

• Nadal wins 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 to claim 18th grand slam title
• Spaniard is only two behind Roger Federer’s record of 20
Reaction as Nadal wins 12th title – live!

Rafael Nadal blew through the final of the French Open like a hurricane on Sunday, idling briefly to give Dominic Thiem false hope, before winning his 12th championship, one of the most remarkable records in sport and unlikely ever to be matched.

There was little the 25-year-old Austrian could do to stop his majestic opponent from winning 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in exactly three hours on Court Philippe Chatrier, although he tried all the way to the end.

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