Second seeded Rafael Nadal will be up against Austria’s Dominic Thiem in the final of the 2019 French Open on Sunday, June 9. The match will begin at 3 pm local time (2 pm BST) and you can find the Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem live streaming options, preview and predictions here.
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Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem Head to Head
The two players have met 12 times with Nadal leading the head to head 8-4. Of the 12 meetings, 11 were on clay. The last four meetings have been split 2-2.
In 2019, they have met once on the clay at the Barcelona semi finals with Thiem winning in straight sets. They also met at the French Open Finals last year which Nadal won convincingly in straight sets.
Nadal On Course for Number 12
11-time French Open champion Nadal is in search for an unprecedented 12th French Open win, as he qualifies for his 12th final in 15 years.
Having dropped just one set, against David Goffin, the Spaniard has gone from strength to strength at the tournament, gaining immense confidence from his straight-set win against Swiss maestro Roger Federer on the clay, yet once again.
With a 92-2 record at Roland Garros, Nadal, referred to as the King of Clay brushed off any early season indifferent form on clay, continuing to be the man to beat at the tournament. Well rested, and full of confidence after his semi- final, he plays Dominic Thiem in the finals in his quest for an 18th Grand Slam title.
Can Thiem Uproot Another ‘Hall Of Famer’?
Austrian Dominic Thiem has been acclaimed as the successor to Rafael Nadal on clay and his performance in the last two seasons on clay had done more than enough to justify that.
He has been in strong form throughout the clay court season winning the ATP 500 at Barcelona and performing well at the Masters 1000s on clay as well.
Thiem’s French Open got off to a sluggish start with four set victories in the first three rounds. However he looked more assured in his next matches against Gael Monfils and Karen Khachanov.
The most challenging and spectacular match of all was his five set semi final victory against Novak Djokovic with multiple interruptions as well as momentum swings back and forth.
Defeating the number one player in the world, in a grand slam semi- final, who was on a mission to hold all four slams for the second time in his career, will qualify as one of the biggest victories of Thiem’s career thus far.
Nadal v Thiem Predictions & Tips
Fittingly, the French Open final is between the two best clay courters on the circuit – the King of Clay and his ‘heir apparent’.
Both players have been in prime form throughout the clay court season and know what it takes to beat the other. Nadal had the less demanding semi- final coming through against Federer in straight sets, where as Thiem had the grueling five setter against world number one Djokovic, spread over two days.
Thiem has beaten Nadal on the clay and can do it again. But, this is the French Open final, where beating Nadal maybe among the most challenging tasks in sport. Any challenger, at even 100 percent has struggled to succeed.
Thiem will be tired, both physically and emotionally after his semi-final and his legs will definitely feel it. Expect him to give it his best and he will likely be a French Open winner one day, but this one belongs to Nadal yet once again. Nadal to win in four sets.
Djokovic to win in five sets: 23/5 (888Sport)