Nadal has never lost a best-of-five match on clay after winning the first set, and Thiem was unable to change that equation. The Austrian promised he had a game plan against Nadal for the final.
But against Thiem, there was nothing wrong with Nadal's start.
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. His 11th title French Open deepened a Parisian habit both routine by now and unimaginable by anyone.
Despite there being a wave of momentum now carrying the Spaniard following such a deserved win over Thiem, Nadal's most hard task of the year is yet to come at Wimbledon. He's a good friend, one of these players the Tour needs.
There was still fight in Thiem, though, and he had a break point when Nadal served at 4-2 ― a game in which the Spaniard was warned for taking too long to serve. "I felt myself playing well on grass previous year", the Spaniard said.
Despite the loss, the 24-year-old Austrian said it had been a "great two weeks" for him.
Rafael Nadal looks borderline unbeatable at the moment.
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.
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At 4-4 Nadal hit a second serve that bounced before it reached the net but he shrugged that off to hold.
Thiem makes his second double fault in the game.
Thiem has established himself as one of the game's best on the dirt. Like Nadal so often is. However, here a year ago in the semi-finals, Nadal destroyed Thiem, losing just seven games in a rout, but it is worth mentioning that Thiem triumphed in their last meeting in Madrid last month, in the quarter-finals.
Having been there, done that so often, Nadal, meanwhile, followed the usual script to perfection.
"It's wonderful now, I can't describe my feelings", Nadal told the crowd on Philippe Chatrier Court moments after capturing his 17th Grand Slam trophy with a 6-4 6-3 6-2 victory.
But Nadal showed no signs of slowing down his march to history. He reeled off the first six points for a 2-0 lead before Thiem settled and repaired the damage for 2-2.
Thiem decided early on that he was not going to die wondering, attacking aggressively from behind the baseline, leading to a plethora of unforced errors. And the sun is far from setting on his clay empire.