Come rain or shine, the passing of the years or a worrying attack of cramp in the hand, nothing seems to be able to stop Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros.
Nevertheless, the Italian displayed marvellous inventiveness, nearly literally digging one or two low shots from Djokovic out of the clay, and even more importantly sheer tennis tenacity to win the day.
The culmination of the second set was a tiebreak, during which Cecchinato thanks to blunders by the Tim battled back from 3:6.
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.
The decisive game quickly turned into a formality - frustrated Cecchinato twice lost her serve and made eight unforced errors in only one actively winning the ball.
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We picked up a victor in Friday's semi-final with Rafa Nadal comprehensively thrashing Juan Martin Del Potro, to cover the -6.5 game handicap easily.
Bizarrely, Nadal then halted playing in the fourth game complaining of pain in his left hand and stretching his middle finger. To do so, he first had to beat Federer in the semi-final, which went all the way to five sets.
Rafael Nadal looks borderline unbeatable at the moment.
Seemingly cruising to victory, that's when Nadal called for the trainer.
However, there was no real impact on court as the top seed completed the job to move within three Slams of Roger Federer.
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Ruthless Nadal proved far too good for Kevin Anderson as he claimed a 16th Grand Slam title at the US Open.
The No. 7-seeded Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, appeared in his first Grand Slam final. Across the other slow-medium clay venues - Monte Carlo, Barcelona and here - Nadal has utterly schooled Thiem.
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. Perhaps that was because unlike the 1980 Final, which was played out in glorious sunshine, the 2008 Final ended nearly in the dark, because it lasted for so long (more than five hours), and even by the time of the fourth set tie-break the gloom was gathering. "Against Dominic Thiem, he is top 10, and today, all the people were for me".
Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic have won the French Open for their first Grand Slam title in women's doubles.
Federer (9 at Halle, 8 at Basel) and Argentine clay-court legend Guillermo Vilas (8, Buenos Aires) are the male players with the next highest number of titles at a tournament below Grand Slam level. The finals take place on Saturday and Sunday afternoon after 2 PM GMT.
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