Wednesday, 03 June, 2020

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win record 12th French Open

Austria’s Dominic Thiem celebrates after winning against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic at the end of their men’s singles semi-final match at the 2019 French Open in Paris Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem to win record 12th French Open
Cary Erickson | 09 June, 2019, 19:55

It's Nadal's third straight Roland Garros title and his 12th overall.

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For the second year running, Nadal defeated Thiem in the final at Roland Garros to clinch an 18th grand slam crown. Nadal beat Thiem in straight sets in last year's final, but Thiem showed against Djokovic that he has the firepower and poise to deal with the top players. "It's truly incredible and very special for me". And through it all, Rafael Nadal just keeps winning French Opens.

The Spaniard had dropped just one set coming into the final and was fresh off a comprehensive victory over Roger Federer in the semi-finals on Friday.

"I think it's really important that I go into the match with the belief to win".

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Dominic Thiem put up more of a fight than anyone has against Nadal in years at Roland Garros, but it wasn't anywhere close to enough.

He leads their head-to-head 8-4. Thiem's coach Nicolas Massu asked tournament officials on Saturday to move the finals to Monday, but had his request denied. I mean, it's not the first time that that happens in tennis, and it's not going to be the last time. The problem is there's a major advantage for Nadal in terms of rest, as Thiem just played over four hours and wasn't able to enjoy a full days rest due to constant rain delays. Thiem got 69 percent of his first serves in play and saved five of his 12 break points. It was six weeks ago. "So of course I try to do similar even though it's way tougher to play him here", he said.

Thiem benefitted from a couple of slices of luck with the net helping him on more than one occasion, with one of those seeing him secure a critical break back in the fourth game of the fourth set.

Some of the statistics back up his conservative approach.

Nadal has saved 15 of 22 break points (68%) while Thiem has saved 17 of 32 (53%). Thiem won 63 percent of his total service points and converted on nine of his 22 break points.

"It's big dream for me to win on Sunday".