Nadal beats Thiem for 12th French Open title

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PARIS (AP) -- Rafael Nadal has won a 12th French Open title.

Nadal beat Dominic Thiem 6-3, 5-7, 6-1, 6-1 in a rematch of last year's final.

It's Nadal's 18th Grand Slam title, moving him within two of Roger Federer's record for men.

Nadal beat Thiem in straight sets in last year's final. But Thiem showed against Djokovic that he has the power and poise to deal with the top players. Also, Thiem beat Nadal in straight sets in the Barcelona Open semifinals on clay in April.