Whether it was at the Masters tournaments in Monte Carlo, Madrid, or Rome-whether it was his home tournament in Barcelona-Nadal nearly never lost on the Spaniard. And, of course, Nadal has owned the tournament that history will care about most: the French Open.
The King of Clay has done it again.
But if you think it's going to be a simple Sunday stroll for Nadal to get this 11th French Open title, consider that his opponent is a fitting foe on the final stage. Throughout his 14 years competing here, Nadal has only lost two matches. In 2015, he was defeated by a seemingly-unstoppable Novak Djokovic.
The match turned at 5-4 when, on the first point, Thiem missed a simple forehand volley.
Despite the loss, the 24-year-old Austrian said it had been a "great two weeks" for him.
Federer was on the receiving end of another major defeat as Nadal landed his first Wimbledon title - 9-7 in the fifth set and in near-darkness.
Nadal celebrated in relatively low key fashion, but then there is not much novelty value in this.
But from the moment Nadal broke serve in the 10th game to win the opening set Thiem's belief ebbed away. The Austrian promised he had a game plan against Nadal for the final. For a time, fans could nearly believe that Thiem would present a challenge in this match.
Spaniard Nadal reclaimed his French Open title 12 months ago without dropping a set and triumphed at the U.S. Open.
Unfortunately, about half an hour later, the answer became a clear and resounding no.
He bagged the second set when Thiem sent a backhand long. A spate of poor play quickly saw him lose the first three games of the set.
Nadal needed five match points in a tense final game, eventually completing the job when Thiem fired a backhand long.
It made no difference; he could probably win this with one hand tied behind his back.
It's hard to look at a 12-time Grand Slam champion and not compare him to what he was, but Novak Djokovic nearly needs to be viewed as a different player since his return from both personal issues and injuries. In his two matches against Nadal at the French Open, Thiem has not been able to win even a set.
Thiem lost to Nadal in the second round on his Roland Garros debut in 2014, then again in last year's semi-finals.
Nadal. the world's No. 1 player, has 17 career Grand Slam titles, now three behind Roger Federer for most all-time. Nadal has now upped his total to 17 with his latest trophy.
The 26-year-old also confirmed after the tournament that there won't be any hard feelings between her and Chan going forward, as they'll be teaming up to play women's doubles events going forward.