Nadal vs Thiem : Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem will meet in the French Open final for the second straight year when they clash on Sunday. Nadal beat Roger Federer in straight sets in his semifinal on Friday, whereas Thiem needed to return on Saturday to polish off a five-set victory over Dominic Thiem.
Our experts break down the match, including a prediction. (Spoiler alert: Rafa).
There is no shortage of storylines for Sunday’s men’s final at the 2019 French Open between No. 2 seed Rafael Nadal and No. 4 Dominic Thiem.
Nadal is looking to extend his mind-boggling record of Roland Garros titles to 12, while Thiem is aiming for his first Grand Slam title. This year’s final is also a rematch of last year’s championship, which Nadal won in straight sets. And then there’s the added wrinkle of Thiem coming off a five-set victory over Novak Djokovic that extended over two days and didn’t finish until Saturday due to inclement weather.
After an exciting fortnight at Roland Garros, it has all come down to the final between 11-time champion Rafael Nadal and red-hot World No. 4 Dominic Thiem, who defeated top seed Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals, halting the Serbian’s chase for a fourth consecutive Grand Slam title.
Nadal leads Thiem 8-4 in their FedEx ATP Head2Head series, but the Austrian has found success in recent years against the Spaniard on clay. And fresh off an intense five-set victory against Djokovic, the 25-year-old will be confident in his game heading into the championship clash. ATPTour.com looks at the 10 stats you need to know before they walk on Court Philippe Chatrier Sunday:
Now comes the tough part: taking on 11-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal less than 24 hours later for what would be his first Grand Slam title.
Thiem displayed fierce resolve in defeating Djokovic, the game’s most relentless defender, 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5, on the red clay of Court Philippe Chatrier, where the Serb hoisted the French Open trophy in 2016, one of the rare years that Nadal hasn’t since his initial triumph in 2005.