He now has 86 match wins on Paris' famous crushed red brick against just two defeats in 13 years. "So it was a demanding two months for me", Nadal told reporters.
Rafael Nadal has defeated Dominic Thiem in straight sets at Roland Garros to win the French Open for an 11th time. After guzzling water during that break, Nadal felt better and was back to playing his unmistakable brand of almost unbeatable clay-court tennis.
"Last time I did that I came back here very strong and my reaction was very good after losing against Tommy [Haas] past year, I didn't drop another set for the rest of the grass-court season which I was very happy about".
That shock exit prompted speculation that Nadal was finished as a heavyweight of the sport.
'And then you have to be happy with the things that are happening to you, no?
"Life is never clear. I am not an arrogant person". Thiem was hammering every ball that he could, and Nadal was responding with his classic clay court defense.
His idiosyncrasies are just as charming to his supporters. He pounded huge serves that topped 135 miles per hour - about 25 miles per hour better than Nadal's fastest - and translated into seven aces but also had five double faults.
Thirteen years and 17 Grand Slam titles along, with Nadal aged 32 years and one week, still, nobody has ever said anything any truer.
Man dies after being stabbed in the neck on Japanese bullet train
According to the Kanagawa prefectural police and other sources, three passengers on the train were attacked. One female passenger told broadcaster NHK: "Everyone fled and fell like one domino after another".
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.
He won an under-12 regional crown at age eight and by 12 had captured Spanish and European age-group junior titles.
The US Open became the first of the four Grand Slam competitions to pay men and women equally in 1973, and all four - the US Open, French Open, Australian Open and Wimbledon - have had equal pay since 2007.
It was early in his career when Nadal began his habit of biting the championship trophies he wins.
Still, it is rather remarkable how Nadal, a French Open champion yet again a week past his 32nd birthday, and Federer, who turns 37 in less than two months, seem to stay forever young.
The number of Grand Slam finals now contested by Nadal, extending his position at second on the men's Open Era leaderboard, behind Federer (30) and ahead of Djokovic (21) and Lendl (19).
The number of consecutive sets won on clay by Nadal, breaking the previous record for most consecutive sets won on a single surface by McEnroe, who won 49 on carpet in 1984. Present at the French Open final on Sunday, Toni said, "I want to think that is possible".
Only Nadal, Pete Sampras and Ken Rosewall have managed the feat of winning Grand Slam titles in their teens, 20s and 30s.