There is no way Rafa allows Thiem to beat him on Sunday on his favourite court. Every victory Thiem has over Rafa has never been in a final. The last 2 victories of Thiem vs Nadal was QF matches. We all know Rafa is vulnerable the most before SF matches. Hence why he has a 24-3 win loss ratio in SF. This dreaming Thiem will win is quite lunatic. Djokovic had 3 efforts at Nadal in a SF/Final match between 2012 and 2014 and lost. Novak we all agree was the best equipped. Thiem is a very streaker player when he plays Nadal. He may come out strong and stay with Rafa etc but once Rafa bites his forehand and dictates the play then we will see error galore from Thiem. I can almost see it now. Players like Nadal, Djokovic and Federer do NOT lose slam finals against no goats. The player Rafa probably feared most was still Djokovic ironically. Thiem is a exceptional player but to beat Rafa in RG in a best 5 in a FINAL, sorry cant see it.
Sad that Zverev will one day have more slams than Safin.King Marat looking stunning as always.
If only he was the rising star now, could have done some massive damage on the Tour...
IYes. Nadal appeared to lose intensity from Rome I think.
And I noticed thiems backhand has became pretty stable lately.
I've probably watched more clay court tennis in the past week than I have in the entire time I've been watching tennis(last year I probably watched 2 RG matches) and Thiem looks solid to me. But, he'll presumably become a broken down mess in the final vs The King of Clay! I hope Thiem can at least challenge Nadal even if he doesn't win. Nothing worse than lopsided matches IMO. I tune out.
There is that feeling if Thiem it will be good for the sport.I dont know Rafa is just so so this year.Thiem has looked stronger than anyone in the tournament and Rafa has looked weak, however this is RG and if Rafa brings what he usually does to finals day here then he can win for sure. Tough one to call as Thiem is the in form player but Rafa is still the favourite, hopefully it's a good match whoever wins.
Mental strength won't make up for a lack of ability. Thiem has the game to trouble Nadal on clay. Del Potro never had.Dom to go down tamely in straights, with at least one breadstick set. He hasn't the mental strength to possibly defeat Rafa in his first slam final. I couldn't believe how many people thought Del Po had a chance in the semis and Del Po is stronger mentally (and with much more experience) than Thiem.
Don't remind me, I am already irritated that Murray and especially Wawrinka has more than Safin.Sad that Zverev will one day have more slams than Safin.
At least we’ll always know that Safin was far more talented. Zverev will never play a match like Safin did at AO 05 against Fed.
Much more than you do. Your posts have ZERO tennis insights and all you do is obsess over Clarky21.The sky didn't fall chicken little, calm down. Even nervous Nadal, as according to you, demolished Delpo. LOL, do you have any clue about tennis?
Oh, Thiem has the fitness and the game on clay, but it won't matter since he will be overwhelmed by the moment and won't be able to handle it.Mental strength won't make up for a lack of ability. Thiem has the game to trouble Nadal on clay. Del Potro never had.