Thiem however was able to hold serve regularly and had a chance to get back on serve but his break chance at 2-4 evaporated when Nadal hit a sublime drop shot, then passing shot.
Thiem also beat Nadal in Argentina back in 2016.
A glimmer of hope was when the middle finger on his left hand started to cramp in the middle of the fourth game, causing him to take a salt tablet and have the strapping on his forearm to be removed, which is there to stop the sweat pouring onto his palms.
Whilst the prestige of winning yet another major is recognition enough for the Manacor born star, he will also take home the record prize pot of 2.2 million euros.More news: Trump trade fury torpedoes Canada’s G7 summit
Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters and James Bond actress Lea Seydoux have unveiled the Musketeers Cup that will be won by either Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem in the French Open final. After guzzling water during his visit from the doctor, Nadal was back to playing his unmistakable brand of almost unbeatable clay-court tennis.
In fact, Thiem is so good on clay that he has downed Nadal three times on the surface, including earlier this year at the Madrid Open.
The No. 7-seeded Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, is appearing in his first Grand Slam final. He won the first six points and broke for 2-0.
Thiem dug in - especially in the roughly 13-minute sixth game - but he crumbled attempting to stay in the set, making four unforced errors.
He bagged the second set when Thiem sent a backhand long.More news: Gmail for Android is Finally Going to Let You Customize Swipe Actions
His lone opportunity of the set indeed vanished.
Nadal called it "not even a dream" to gather 11 titles in Paris, saying it was "impossible to think of something like this".
Across the last 12 months on clay, Nadal has held serve 88.7% to Thiem's 85.7% (3.0% edge) while breaking opponents 50.0% to 30.1% (19.9% edge), and this incredible advantage he has on return was a big factor in me pricing Nadal as a [1.17] favourite to lift the trophy today.
The number of Masters 1000 titles won by Nadal, the most by a single player since the series began in 1990.
Yet he just wouldn't be denied.More news: The 'trend' that is troubling the US