Dominic Thiem has reached his first Grand Slam final but unfortunately for him it is a French Open date with the almost unbeatable Rafael Nadal.
Nadal is the undoubted master of clay and already has an amazing 10 French Open titles to his name, having suffered just two defeats in 13 years on the Parisian red stuff.
Thiem’s recent in Paris record is pretty impressive – he reached the last four in both 2016 and 2017 – while he has now gone one better this time.
Thiem to win a set – 20/31
Austrian ace Thiem has a better record than most against Nadal, with their head-to-head reading 6-3 in favour of the Spaniard, with all previous nine meetings having come on clay.
Intriguingly, Thiem has won two of the last four meetings so knows how to trouble Nadal, and if he is going to do so again then a fast start is an absolute must.
Thiem to win first set – 41/20
When Thiem has found a way to down Nadal, he has won the first set in all three of his victories and, knowing the world number one will grind on and on as the match progresses, he will be only too aware that the first set is key to his chances of causing a major upset.
Nadal to win four sets – 5/2
Should Thiem make a good start, he is certain to run up against the unmovable object that is Nadal, who seems to have unrivalled stamina on clay, as well as an unbreakable fighting spirt.
Those qualities are sure to pay off as the match moves on and Thiem is the man more likely to run out of steam and eventually go down to the ‘King of Clay’.
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