Rafael Nadal should win his 11th French Open title today but Dominic Thiem is unlikely to make life easy for him.
Rafa is the true ‘King of Clay’, dropping just one set this year at Roland Garros, and has twice outclassed his opponent in three sets in Paris.
The Austrian is in fine form though and in fact won their last meeting, triumphing last month in Madrid and recently lifted the trophy in Lyon.
Of all the young pretenders, it is Thiem who looks most likely to dethrone Nadal on the red dirt and he undoubtedly has the aggressive game required to trouble the world number one.
Sixteen-time Grand Slam winner Nadal is all class though, and although his improving opponent can take a set, back the top seed to win in four.
Brazil are the favourites heading into the World Cup and round off their preparations with a game against Austria in Vienna.
The Europeans are not heading to Russia but are on a roll, winning their last seven, including last Saturday when they upset World Cup second-favourites Germany.
Although Das Team hold the value in this one, the Selecao are a class above and will be further encouraged by conceding just once in their last seven outings.
With Neymar back, Tite’s men should have too much and I expect them to take advantage against an Austrian squad likely to have one eye on their holidays.
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