86-2 is Nadal's win-loss record at Stade Roland Garros.
The No.1-ranked Nadal made easy work of Thiem today, besting his opponent 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 to add his 17th career major title to his tally. He also beat the Spaniard in Buenos Aires in 2016.
Thiem was still on the back foot in the third set, being forced to save four break points in the first game.
On Sunday, Thiem was right out there at Court Philippe Chatrier, too, making his initial appearance in a major final, swapping shots with that very same Nadal.
Unlike a year ago - when those first few games realistically settled things - Thiem bounced back, breaking straight away. Key in that regard was his backhand, which consistently flustered Thiem, who didn't have the same bag of tricks at his disposal.
Rafael Nadal tears up after lifting his 11th French Open title.
Since they exchanged breaks of serve in the second and third games, both have held serve, with Nadal now ahead 5-4, with Thiem serving next.
Nadal bids for 11th French Open title, facing Thiem in final
The Spaniard was quick to hammer home his advantage at the start of the second, converting his fifth break point of a lengthy game as Thiem's usually trusty backhand let him down.
Even though Nadal is the overwhelming favourite in the summit clash, the seventh seeded Dominic Thiem is no slouch on clay either.
Thiem produces a convincing service game, holding to love to come back to 3-1 down in the second set against Nadal.
Thiem is playing at his limit just to stay in touch. John Isner has been the biggest hope of American tennis in Paris for years now, scoring the best result (alone or joined with someone else) at Roland Garros in six of the last seven years, but he could never make that extra push and reach the quarters, having been defeated in the fourth round thrice.
Prior to today's match, Nadal, 32, has won a record 10 titles in Paris and has lost only twice at the tournament since his debut in 2005.
Nadal's celebration was restrained ― throwing his arms skywards and turning to his entourage including coach and fellow Mallorcan Carlos Moya and his uncle Toni who stood down previous year when his nephew Nadal reached La Decima.
The No. 7-seeded Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, is appearing in his first Grand Slam final.
The forecast says there is a chance of rain.
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