But they're 2-2 on the surface over the past two years, and Thiem won their most recent clash, in April, in straight sets at Barcelona.
Spain's Rafael Nadal celebrates after winning against Switzerland's Roger Federer during their men's singles semi-final match on day 13 of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 7, 2019. Thiem won the encounter 6-4, 6-4 on his way to the title.
Thiem's 6-2 3-6 7-5 5-7 7-5 victory ended the world No. 1's unblemished 26-match run in majors that began a year ago at Wimbledon.
Thiem, bidding to become just Austria's second Roland Garros men's champion after Thomas Muster in 1995, describes facing Nadal in Paris as "the ultimate challenge". The world No 1 is one of few players to get under the skin of Nadal, but on Saturday, it was the Austrian who was proving an irritant of Djokovic's - him and the French Open officials.
Djokovic: I don't know.
Seconds later a howling rain squall sent the players off court for more than an hour and when they returned Thiem looked poised to win when serving at 5-3 and 40-15.
"When you're playing in hurricane kind of conditions, it's hard to perform your best", said Djokovic.
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In the women's final, which started 1½ hours late Saturday because it followed Thiem-Djokovic at Court Philippe Chatrier, No. 8 seed Ash Barty of Australia won her first major title by beating unseeded 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova of the Czech Republic 6-1, 6-3.
Novak Djokovic was understandably frustrated after his 26 match win streak at the Grand Slam level ended on Saturday. The Serbian player also slammed poor weather conditions as one of "the worst conditions I have ever been part of", after the match.
Djokovic rallied to break for 3-4 but handed the initiative right back, allowing Thiem to serve for the match. Resuming play just after 6:15 a.m. EDT, Thiem took an aggressive approach and focused on hitting the lines to finish the third set.
After winning his first five-set match here, a fired-up Thiem refused to complain about the schedule after his coach was told there was no chance the final would be put back to Monday to accommodate the Austrian.
Djokovic: I don't know what time I left.
"I'm feeling fine. I'm full of adrenaline still from today's match, and also I will have that tomorrow", he added.
But Djokovic couldn't save a third match point at 5-6, as Thiem blasted a forehand victor to book a clash with Nadal.
Then Djokovic got broken to trail 3-1 in the deciding set when he missed a volley, and Thiem held for 4-1.