If Thiem is, as he is widely regarded, the second best clay-court player in the world then he probably has a few more of these pummellings to look forward to at least until Nadal, 32, finally calls it a day.
"I am sure you will win here in the next couple of years", Nadal told Thiem afterward. "Best of five is also different story". As the sound of Nadal's ball-striking groans echoing through Court Philippe Chatrier has become one of the melodic fixtures of Paris, he has won the French Open more than anybody has won anything among the four coveted majors, with the exception of Margaret Court's 11 Australian Open titles, four won during the Open Era that began in 1968.
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.
If there was a scare for Nadal it was an outbreak of cramp in his left hand in the third set, which he managed to shake off, like everything else this fortnight.
Thiem defeated Nadal in Rome previous year and was also victorious in the duo's latest match at the Madrid Open in May. Its neck-in-neck in the first game.Читайте также: How to Combat the Environmental Threat of Ocean Plastics
Thiem used to hike through the Alps in his homeland as part of his training, but the 24-year-old had an even bigger mountain to climb now.
Nadal had a brief moment of weakness in the first set, when the 24-year-old Austrian broke him in the third game.
In a 10-minute second game of the second set, Thiem suffered more trauma. He dropped serve on a fifth break chance.
If there were any reason for a bit of intrigue entering Sunday's match, it was this: Thiem is the only person to beat Nadal on red clay over the past two seasons, doing so at Rome in May 2017 and at Madrid last month.
His lone opportunity of the set indeed vanished.
A trainer was called and he briefly inspected Nadal's left wrist.При любом использовании материалов сайта и дочерних проектов, гиперссылка на обязательна.
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