Nadal's absurd level of success at Roland Garros is a microcosm of his sheer dominance on clay in general. Enhorabuena 11x victor Roland Garros.
Federer managed to win Wimbledon yet again previous year, an eighth title following victories in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009 and 2012, and will be hoping to win next month.
"I mean, it's a big goal for me to play, soon, another Slam final, " Thiem said.
"So I am not much anxious about the future".
Others - including USA former tennis great Billie Jean King and ex-male professional James Blake - praised Nadal's victory, which was dominant despite an injury scare with hand cramp in the latter stages of the third set.
For an instant, before it became clear that he could continue, the unthinkable seemed possible. "I was not under control of my [middle] finger". The watch keeps going always.
The final set isn't your traditional set, but rather a super tie-break which is a race to 10 points with a difference of at least two points.
'I can't describe my feelings. The Philippe Chatrier is his court, he decides the pace and the tempo.
Nadal remained implacable in the homestretch, intent on ignoring his temporarily impaired hand, outracing the rainclouds that hovered close and low but didn't erupt, and trying to outrun, outhit and outwit a player who was 11 years old when he won his first title here in 2005.
It didn't look good early on, having lost the first set and giving up an early break in the second set.
Playing Nadal at the French Open is possibly the biggest challenge in the game now, and if Thiem had to win at it he had to be flawless.
The Austrian is never one to hide his frustration, but then the sheer relentlessness of Nadal on clay would wear anyone down. "It was just bad misses".
"I was really fighting and playing from the first to the last moment", Thiem said. He caused a sensation in Rome a year ago by handing the Spaniard the first defeat of his clay season.
Thiem is the only player to have beaten Nadal on clay in the last two years after wins in Madrid this year and Rome in 2017. He saved two of a mere three break points.
Despite matching Nadal forehand for forehand, Thiem was undone in the 10th game when three errors handed Nadal the opening set after 52 minutes on court. I can't be always thinking of more. Of course, I have ambition, of course. I have passion for what I am doing.
"I've never been insane about this kind of stuff". His first Grand Slam doesn't come around every week so he had better make the most of it.