2019 Roland Garros FINAL: Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem

Who wins?

  • The KING in 3

  • The KING in 4

  • The KING in 5

  • PRINCE of CLAY in 3

  • PRINCE of CLAY in 4

  • PRINCE of CLAY in 5


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Sartorius

Hall of Fame
That "death, taxes and...." joke needs an update.

Nadal's reaction to the second set was telling. Also keep in mind that he (apparently) was on the edge a few months ago, got himself up for this again. Onwards for Rafito.

Thiem has time on his side surely, he may need to avoid Nadal in the end (one can only hit so many jumping backhands from shoulder height), but figure it's likely he'll get one of these sometime later.
 

Steve0904

Talk Tennis Guru
Rafa much more beatable on non clay if it’s not his A game that’s definitely true. That said even still it’s a short list of people that have actually capitalized on that and usually it’s been Fed or Djoker doing it not the rest of the tour.
I'm interested to see Nadal's run at Wimbledon this year. See if 2018 was an anomaly or if he's "back" on grass. That's my immediate post RG thought.
 

Bill W

Rookie
Congrats to Rafa, but it's really incredible and at the same time truly sad that no one can challenge this guy on clay. Oh well, at least mud season is over once again.
 

wang07

Rookie
absurd how some people here are criticizing Thiem, he had to play 4 days in a row, Djokovic in the SF and there was the clay GOAT waiting the very next day. Literally something impossible to absolve physically. He has the game to compete with Nadal, but there was no way he could last for 5 sets here.
Congrats to Nadal anyway, he was able to maintain an incredible level through the whole match, which is beyond impressive.
 

ACE of Hearts

Talk Tennis Guru
That "death, taxes and...." joke needs an upgrade.

Nadal's reaction to the second set was telling. Also keep in mind that he (apparently) was on the edge a few months ago, got himself up for this again. Onwards for rafito.
Thiem has time on his side surely, he may need to avoid Nadal in the end (one can only hit so many jumping backhands from shoulder height), but figure it's likely he'll get one of these sometime later.
He will never beat nadal at RG unless someone takes him out. I just don’t see it.
 
That's a truly hilarious notion!

What a fascinating contest that was.
Nadal always has some doubts in his mind. That was the culmination of a tough clay season for him. He doesn’t always celebrate a FO championship by crying, in his later years anyways.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
Tim was gassed after the 2nd or was the Nadal too good?

Anyway congrats the Nadal and his fans:giggle:

@vive le beau jeu ! On suicide watch:-D

Atleast Tim won a set that is a good sign (y) your time will come
Tim was gassed after the 2nd or was the Nadal too good?

Anyway congrats the Nadal and his fans:giggle:

@vive le beau jeu ! On suicide watch:-D

Atleast Tim won a set that is a good sign (y) your time will come
RAFA with masterful move after that 2nd set by taking a Bathroom break and shoe malfunctioning story. This break completely negated all the momentum Thiem built up by winning the 2nd set
 

acintya

Legend
Ok, 12 RG's and 18 slams overall.

Congrats to Rafa and his team.

Now, to real questions.

As a Rafa fan, I don't enjoy his RG titles as much, especially past his 10th.

For some reason, everything past that number doesn't feel special anymore in this regard.

Instead, I would appreciate much more a title in the AUS. Only one there, difficult af.

Or even so, only one, only one title in Wimbledon. More difficult.

But as a fan, I would appreciate them more. That's why I would appreciate also if he would play less and less tournaments, even masters1000 so he could focus more on slams. Thoughts?
we need a Wimbledon win
 

DRII

G.O.A.T.
absurd how some people here are criticizing Thiem, he had to play 4 days in a row, Djokovic in the SF and there was the clay GOAT waiting the very next day. Literally something impossible to absolve physically. He has the game to compete with Nadal, but there was no way he could last for 5 sets here.
Congrats to Nadal anyway, he was able to maintain an incredible level through the whole match, which is beyond impressive.
Yea!

At least Thiem avoided the dreaded bagel, Djokovic didn't!
 

D.Nalby12

Legend
I'm interested to see Nadal's run at Wimbledon this year. See if 2018 was an anomaly or if he's "back" on grass. That's my immediate post RG thought.
He made deep because he faced all clay courters in first 4 rounds. Once he gets deep - he becomes very difficult to put away. In 2014 and 2017 he showed similarly high level but got big servers in early rounds. 2018 was not anomaly.
 
I'm interested to see Nadal's run at Wimbledon this year. See if 2018 was an anomaly or if he's "back" on grass. That's my immediate post RG thought.
Same.

My thoughts are that Nadal is an overall good player...

BUT, he's old, and he doesn't have the same fitness, his game isn't well suited to the surface...

He can make a good tournament compared to his previous results, but I see his last year's performance there mostly as an improvement as a player, not as a grass player.

If he faces a tall player who knows how to play at the net and who's a good server and plays well and is on his day...

...Rafa can leave before QF.
 

ibbi

Hall of Fame
Tim was gassed after the 2nd or was the Nadal too good?
I would say more the latter than the former. Thiem probably started to tire by the 4th, but he was better in the 4th than the 3rd, so whatever.

Him playing 4 days in a row is not the real issue, he's one of the two fittest guys on tour and in his physical prime. These guys play 4 days in a row en route to ATP titles week in and week out. The issue is that Nadal was fresh and rested in comparison, and he made that count after dropping the second.
 
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