Over the best-of-five sets on clay, Nadal improved to 111-2 - it is 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.
For the first time ever Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal picked up two grand slam titles each, and the thrilling Australian Open final between the two evergreen legends was a reminder of why the match-up is viewed by most observers as the greatest rivalry in tennis, and possibly even in all of sport.
Following his victory on Sunday, Nadal told reporters that he isn't "crazy" about catching Federer on the all-time Grand Slam title list.
However, he said: "I've had long and mentally tough clay-court season because I played nearly all the matches possible after coming from an injury. Very emotional for me".
"Difficult for me to think about it now".
After winning 26 of his 27 matches throughout the European claycourt season and 81 of his last 86 sets on clay there is nothing to suggest Nadal's domination in Paris will end soon. In the other semi-final, Marco Cecchinato's odd run in the last two weeks was ended by Dominic Thiem, also in straight sets, although the first two sets were somewhat closer than anything Del Potro could muster.
However, the exchange - with over £1.2 million traded on the match already - has Nadal as a [1.26] favourite, which is around a 6% difference in implied odds percentage and certainly enough to be actionable value.
But, at 4-5, Thiem's serve let him down badly, handing Nadal three set points.
- Thiem breaks straight back with his second forehand victor of the game flying past a rooted Nadal.
Nadal had a brief moment of weakness in the first set, when the 24-year-old Austrian broke him in the third game. That did not stop him from taking the sixth game after some treatment.
Austria's Dominic Thiem in action during the final against Spain's Rafael Nadal. Thiem was still on the back foot in the third set, being forced to save four break points in the first game.
Others highlighted Nadal's remarkable record at Roland Garros since first winning the title there in 2005. Frustrated ThiemNadal, however, turned the screw in the 10th game and Thiem seemed to grow nervous, sending a forehand long to hand his opponent the opening set.
But against Thiem, there was nothing wrong with Nadal's start. So there was mild concern when Nadal called for the trainer for treatment. He lost the first set - the only one he actually dropped - then turned things around following a rain delay.
Thiem also has momentum on his side, having won their last meeting at the Madrid Open.
Less than an hour after the match was completed, demolition workers began to smash up Court Philippe Chatrier, part of the continuing redevelopment that will lead to a roof being in place over the stadium court in two years' time. The Spaniard's 11th Monte Carlo title and his eighth Rome title were his 31st and 32nd Masters titles, respectively, breaking a tie with Djokovic, who has won 30.