Chief among those praising Nadal was defender Ramos.
Nadal said he expects to see Thiem back in a final one day - and with a different result. Lifting his 11th crown in Paris, Nadal retained his world number one crown.
Despite her mostly consistent performances at the majors - she has made the quarter-finals or better at 11 of her last 18 Slams and seven of her last 11 - Halep has also been incredibly reliable throughout the year; which is why she is ranked No. 1 in the world.
Others - including United States 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.
The national colors of Rafael Nadal, who for the eleventh time won the Roland Garros, under the applause of the crowd of Philippe Chatrier.
The top-seeded Nadal enters Sunday with a 10-0 record in title matches at Roland Garros and an overall career mark of 85-2 at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament. "I am sure you'll win here in the next couple of years".
Over the best-of-five sets on clay in 13 years, Nadal improved to 111-2 - a figure nearly as imposing as the nearby Eiffel Tower - his lone reverses coming against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015 at the French Open. Another forehand victor from Nadal found a corner, and Thiem yelled toward his coach.
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"I was in the same seat", he said after watching Nadal beat Dominic Thiem in straight sets, 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.
Former professional tennis players Greg Rusedski and Annabel Croft have questioned the tournament officials for allowing Rafa to get treatment for cramps in the middle of the match. "I did it in the past when I was much younger, quicker, because I played back to back". Thiem found some life and threatened with a break point in the seventh game, but Nadal broke his pace with a drop shot and finished it off with a passing shot, holding for 5-2.
He now has 86 match wins on Paris' famous crushed red brick against just two defeats in 13 years.
It also means Nadal will hold on to the No. 1 ranking for now with his win at Roland Garros being his fourth title of the year as Federer could only praise his achievement. Nadal called on the trainer to get his forearms massaged twice in the final set but even that problem failed to improve Thiem's chances of emulating fellow Austrian Thomas Muster's 1995 triumph. But from 4-all in the opening set, Nadal grabbed five games in a row and was in charge.
Just 45 percent of Thiem's first serves went in, compared to Nadal's 65 percent. "Bravo. To me it's been still great two weeks". The Spaniard saved all the six break points faced in the first set against Juan Martin del Potro.
"Of course it's a drastic change from clay to grass".
"Let me enjoy this title", he said.
589 tournaments won, when tennis was still a sport for amateurs.