Nadal, Thiem ready for tough final showdown

Ross Houston
June 10, 2018

Thiem had given it his all but never got his nose in front as Nadal continued his unbeaten record in the final in Paris.

Diego Schwartzman has come closest this fortnight to become the third man to beat Nadal in Paris.

The Austrian - competing in his first grand slam final after a pair of semifinal showings in Paris - needed to win the first set to have any realistic opportunity of ending Nadal's reign.

Federer (9 at Halle, 8 at Basel) and Argentine clay-court legend Guillermo Vilas (8, Buenos Aires) are the male players with the next highest number of titles at a tournament below Grand Slam level.


Nadal's triumph marks the sixth consecutive Grand Slam won by either him or 20-times major champion Roger Federer.

Rafael Nadal is the French Open 2018 victor.

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. Nadal -5.5 games is available on the Exchange at [1.68] and given the fact that Nadal has tended to dominate Thiem on non-quick clay, this should be a very likely outcome if Nadal wins the final. He also won Wimbledon for a second time in 2010 before claiming his first US Open title, becoming the seventh man to win all four Grand Slams.

In an interview yesterday, Nadal said, he will have to "play his best" to beat Dominic Thiem in Sunday's French Open final and secure an 11th Roland Garros title.


Nadal ended a three-year Grand Slam drought with a brilliant performance against Stan Wawrinka in the 2017 French Open final.

Federer was on the receiving end of another major defeat as Nadal landed his first Wimbledon title - 9-7 in the fifth set and in near-darkness. Nadal appeared to take more tablets.

Thiem defeated Nadal in Rome past year and was also victorious in the duo's latest match at the Madrid Open in May.

Victory also took Nadal's record at Roland Garros to 86 wins and just two losses. Became the first man to win five successive French Open titles in 2014.


That scenario loomed again with Nadal going to 2-0 in the second set on a fifth break point as Thiem fired another backhand wide.

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