Nadal's latest triumph also moves him to within three of Roger Federer's leading 20 grand slam titles.
Chief among those praising Nadal was defender Ramos.
As sweet as Rafa's victory was for his legion of fans, there was one moment during the final that hasn't gone down well with observers of the game. Lifting his 11th crown in Paris, Nadal retained his world number one crown.
Spain's La Liga official account also congratulated the tennis great.
Thiem lost to Nadal in the second round on his Roland Garros debut in 2014, then again in last year's semi-finals.
"In the third set I noticed I had cramps in my left hand, I was scared because there was a lot of humidity", he explained in his post-match interview.
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The trainer was called at 30-0 and his intervention appeared to alleviate Nadal's discomfort, who regained his composure, held his serve and then managed to break again in the sixth game before holding out for his 17th Grand Slam title. He has won the same number of Barcelona Open and Monte-Carlo Masters titles.
Over the best-of-five sets on clay in 13 years, Nadal improved to 111-2 - a figure nearly as imposing as the nearby Eiffel Tower - his lone reverses coming against Robin Soderling in 2009 and Novak Djokovic in 2015 at the French Open. "Dominic is an opponent who is very aggressive, very hard to play, with big shots".
"Let me enjoy this title", Nadal said with a smile.
"Of course I would love to have 20 like Roger in the future or even more, but being honest, is something that is not in my mind". Nadal's level immediately cooled off a little, though, and Thiem worked his way back into the set as he broke back in the following service game. But from 4-all in the opening set, Nadal grabbed five games in a row and was in charge.
"Last year I felt that I had a good opportunity to go far in the tournament". He is, after all, the only player to beat Nadal on red clay each of the past two seasons.
A few hours earlier, as Nadal and Thiem warmed up, the booming voice of the announcer at Court Philippe Chatrier detailed the bona fides of both. Puerta was to later fail a drugs test and handed an eight-year ban, eventually reduced to two years.
The 32-year-old veteran needed five break points to cancel out Thiem in the second set and a thunderous backhand stroke saw him surge 3-0 ahead before another masterful stroke on the line doubled his tally. "Of course is a drastic change from clay to grass". "I'm just glad I'm not playing today", said Rosewall in a nod to the raw power of Nadal.
"If you tell me seven, eight years ago that I will be here. having this trophy with me again, I will tell you that is something nearly impossible", Nadal said.