Dominic Thiem ends Novak Djokovic’s slam streak to reach French Open final

Ross Houston
June 9, 2019

Dominic Thiem will get a second crack at what has proved mission impossible for over a decade when he takes on the "King of Clay" Rafael Nadal in Sunday's French Open final. I'm not saying he's favourite but I do believe he has the game to pose Nadal plenty of problems. Thiem and Nadal will face each other for the second consecutive year in Paris.

Of course, Nadal has had an extra day to recover and prepare.

Dominic Thiem is coming off a five sets win over Novak Djokovic that took 53 games to decide.

With the victory, Nadal now has more Grand Slam wins at the French Open alone than nearly any other player has everywhere - more than Borg, more than Laver, more than Connors and Agassi and McEnroe.

Rafa comes into this one on his typical French Open form, dropping just one set en route to the final - and most likely, as he's known to do, he has saved his best for last on Chatrier Sunday.

"It was an fantastic match, my first five-set match at Roland Garros", Thiem said. Tomorrow the men's singles final between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.

Djokovic could have been lining up on the opposite half this afternoon had it not been for the brilliance of Thiem. Nadal, however, has a 92-2 career record at Roland Garros and could become the first man or woman to win the same Grand Slam tournament 12 times. Thiem hopes to win his third title of the year and his 14th title of his career overall.

These two have played 12 times and Nadal has won eight of those matches.

Djokovic: I don't know what time I left. 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.

Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada has won the girls singles title at the French Open.

Thiem regained his composure to stay toe to toe with Nadal in the second set, with no break-point opportunity available until it was Thiem who brought up two sets points on his opponent's serve.

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