It also intensified the headache facing tennis' highly-rated but woefully under-performing next generation. You don't enter a dog-fight against Nadal and emerge victorious.
With Novak Djokovic far from his best and Andy Murray still a question mark after hip surgery, per Kevin Mitchell of the Guardian, the route for the likes of Federer and Nadal is about as clear as they could hope.
Following his French Open win previous year, Nadal looked like setting up another SW19 final with Federer, only to crash out in the fourth round to Luxembourg's Gilles Muller in a five-set thriller.
Nadal's career title count, which is now fourth on the all-time list, behind Jimmy Connors (109), Federer (97), and Ivan Lendl (94), and ahead of John McEnroe (77), whose tally he equalled and then surpassed with titles this year in Barcelona and Rome, respectively.
Stan Wawrinka, it should not be forgotten, also has three Slams although his name is usually an absentee when it comes to such number-crunching.
It will be for the third time that Federer will become the world number one.
Rafael Nadal and Simona Halep needed strong French Open showings to hold onto their top rankings. Nadal has 8770 points, while the Swiss Maestro has 8670.
"I am 32. That's how I feel".
During the match, Nadal's hand cramped up, which brought a lot of zoomed-in images of his most expensive piece of equipment, his watch.
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Dominic Thiem awaits as Rafael Nadal eyes 11th title in Paris
These two have played nine times and Nadal has won six of those matches. 'Thiem has shown in Madrid two weeks before. If you listen to Thiem's coach, Gunter Bresnik, his chances of winning are akin to landing a million dollar jackpot.
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"It's incredible, I can't describe my feelings because it's not even a dream to win here 11 times", said an emotional Nadal after the final. But this will be the first time they've met in a Grand Slam final.
Those who should be anxious are the likes of world number three Alexander Zverev, who again flattered to deceive in Paris.
When he was recovering from injury this year, for the umpteenth time in his career, he was focused on this title and nothing - certainly not Dominic Thiem - was going to stand in his way.
Thiem courageously saved three break points to start the third, yet dropped serve in his next service game. And I did it in the past when I was much younger, quicker, because I played back to back.
"Physically, I enjoyed (it) more watching him on the couch", Thiem said with a smile.
"I think everybody can stop talking about it now".
Nadal remained implacable in the homestretch, intent on ignoring his temporarily impaired hand, outracing the rainclouds that hovered close and low but didn't erupt, and trying to outrun, outhit and outwit a player who was 11 years old when he won his first title here in 2005.
"The fact that I could be No. 1 in the world a year ago gave me confidence and gave me, like, a little bit of relief, because I touched something, something big, something huge", Halep said, "and I just had in my mind to win a Grand Slam after that".
"In the beginning there was a little bit of transition, we had to work together to adjust everything to my wrist", Nadal told WSJ.