Nadal hails his 11th French Open title as "just incredible" despite a worrying injury scare in the closing stages of the final.
"I'd love to have 20 like Roger in the future or more, but it is not something in my mind".
Suffered his first French Open loss in 2009 to Sweden's Robin Soderling in the fourth round.
"He managed to do it well".
'But I never have been insane about all this kind of stuff.
It was a first Grand Slam final for the Austrian.
The victory also allowed the 32-year-old Nadal to hold onto the No. 1 ranking, ahead of Federer. "But I can't always be thinking of more", he said.
He now has three grand slam titles since turning 30.
"I had tough moment in the third set with cramps in my hand". That was part of a five-game run that sent Nadal on his way.
Tears welled in the eyes of the now 11-time champion as he was applauded by the crowd.
But he could not match Nadal's point-by-point consistency and intensity on Sunday. The Austrian had trouble with the Nadal serve, and he gave up an easy hold.
After Thiem served, the trainer reappeared and massaged Nadal's forearm and wrist. Nadal is 49-2 since 2017 when playing on clay.
He now has 86 match wins on Paris' famous crushed red brick against just two defeats in 13 years.
Nadal won the first set 6-4.
He has not been broken since.
That was swatted away with Nadal's double-handed backhand, though, and the second set duly went the way of the favourite. Could Thiem provide us with a classic final?
Why? Nadal was 95-0 when capturing the opener on clay in the best of five format.
"Last year I felt that I had a good opportunity to go far in the tournament". He wound up with 42 unforced errors to Nadal's 24. While serving down 4-5, Thiem played an absolutely atrocious game.
Nadal then took the set 6-4 when Thiem hit a forehand long. "Because winning any tournament eleven times is unbelievable".
The Spaniard will remain world number one rather than Federer following his latest triumph in Paris, where he became only the second player to triumph more than 10 times at the same major - Margaret Court being the other.
Spain's Rafael Nadal was down a set and a break against the Argentinian Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals. He converted the second to make the score 2-1.
Nadal said he expects to see Thiem back in a final one day - and with a different result.
No chance for Dominic Thiem, literally demolished by Rafa's omnipotence. "Bravo. To me it's been still great two weeks".
In contrast, there are eight women now younger than 28 who have been Grand Slam singles finalists.
Krejcikova and Siniakova, who are both 22, were playing in their fifth major tournament together. The two stars have combined to win the past six Slams.
On the women's side, newly-crowned French Open champion Simona Halep continues to lead the pack.
At just 19, Nadal became the youngest victor of a Grand Slam title since Michael Chang won at Roland Garros in 1989 at 17.
He beat the Swiss master, Roger Federer, when he was just 17 years old.
Thiem now needed to win three straight sets against Nadal on clay - and the lone person to do that was Djokovic in their 2015 quarterfinal.