Nadal - Thiem: Game of Thrones in the final of Roland Garros 2019 0

Nadal - Thiem: Game of Thrones in the final of Roland Garros 2019 0

`King` Rafael Nadal faces the opportunity to extend his record in Paris, while `Prince` Dominic Thiem is also looking for his first Grand Slam title.

Thiem is known as the `Prince of clay court`, while Nadal has long been called the `King` of this surface.

* Nadal – Thiem: 8pm tonight, June 9, Hanoi time.

Following two different directions to reach the final battle, Nadal and Thiem probably did not expect that fate would cause them both to recreate last year’s Roland Garros final.

After all the difficult challenges of the weather, whirlwinds and unexpected rain, the two strongest players on clay today reached the competition for the prestigious Cup – Coupe des Mousquetaires.

Thiem clearly understands the fact that overthrowing Nadal on the `holy ground` of Court Philippe-Chatrier is almost an impossible mission.

Nadal is leading 8-4 in the head-to-head score, but in the most recent time, Thiem turned him into a former king in the 2019 Barcelona Open semi-finals, on the way to winning his second ATP title this season.

Nadal - Thiem: Game of Thrones in the final of Roland Garros 2019

Nadal is always in destructive form at Roland Garros.

On dirt, Thiem and Djokovic are the two rare people to have defeated Nadal at least four times.

History is on his side, but Nadal remains cautious: `Just like every final, every opponent is at a high level and that’s what makes this sport attractive. I’m confident in myself.`

All of Nadal’s focus is on the record of 12 Roland Garros titles that is very close to his eyes.

Nadal had an unsatisfactory start to this year’s clay season.

Without a word to justify those doubts, Nadal stepped out into the sparkling light of the flash on the podium awarding the Rome Masters championship cup after defeating his much-desired opponent Djokovic.

Thiem won the 2019 Barcelona Open, but having to leave the game early in Monte Carlo and Rome showed that there is still instability in the `Prince of Clay`’s playing style.

Nadal - Thiem: Game of Thrones in the final of Roland Garros 2019

A victory in the semi-finals against world number one Djokovic will give Thiem a lot of confidence.

It seems like Thiem has transformed after his first week in Paris.

Thiem also rejected the idea that physical strength was the deciding factor in his victory.

To get to the final match, Thiem had to spend 15 hours and 25 minutes on the court, while for Nadal it was 13 hours and 24 minutes.

The record is waiting for both.

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