French Open Final: [1] Rafa Nadal vs [7] Dominic Thiem

How’s it go?

  • Thieminator in 3

    Votes: 10 6.1%
  • Thiem’s time is now in 4

    Votes: 22 13.4%
  • Domi shows supreme mental strength in 5

    Votes: 12 7.3%
  • Bull rushes to victory in 3

    Votes: 60 36.6%
  • Rafa crushes puny ball basher in 4

    Votes: 41 25.0%
  • Rafa trolls Fed fans in 5

    Votes: 2 1.2%
  • Rain ruins another match

    Votes: 4 2.4%
  • Mury GOAT

    Votes: 1 0.6%
  • Just get this over with so we can get the grass season started!

    Votes: 6 3.7%
  • Anyone but Zverev

    Votes: 6 3.7%

  • Total voters
    164

zagor

Bionic Poster
His strategy makes me want to tear my hair out but he's got enough weapons that--if used better--could make him a contender.

It's just that I don't think he'll ever get there.
Yeah, not everyone does, in another thread I used the example of Blake.

Maybe Thiem just isn't capable of playing different on the court, especially when the stakes are high. That's who he is as a player.

Now Stan won 3 slams with ballbashing but he's a unique example.
 

TruthIncarnate

New User
Thiem was fine, you can't criticise him really. Other than that first serve percentage, obviously. This matchup, as it does with other players, presents insurmountable challenges for him. Nadal is brutal.

Roll on the grass court season.
No, I think you can criticize Thiem. He constantly overhits. He withers more than rises in the big moments. He's just.....he's just dumb that's all I can say
 

BorgTheGOAT

Hall of Fame
For the 10,000,000th time: who in their right mind expected any other result? Thiem actually outperformed the predicted 6-2, 6-1, 6-1 scoreline. He was never going to win this match even had Nadal literally had a broken leg. He's mentally weak and a choker in big moments. He's the opposite of what 19 year old Sampras was, when he casually and with no nerves shot down Lendl, Mac and Agassi to win the title.

The only way to beat Nadal on RG is to rob him of time, stand in close to the baseline and take everything early. Also attack the net after serving him wide. Did Thiem do any of that? No, nor did any sane person expect him to.
Yes i already knew that in advance. Just based on mental strength the only one who could theoretically have pushed Nadal a little would have been Djokovic. He is still a little in Rafa’s head due to their history. With all the other players it was crystal clear from the beginning that they wouldn’t be able to withstand the pressure of facing Rafa in a FO final.
 

yokied

Hall of Fame
So for all the BS, it was Rafa with the plan. Rafa neutralised Thiem's BH beautifully, which had done a lot of damage in prior matches both CC and DTL. He played in behind Thiem quite a lot on the BH, which robbed him of time and yielded the slice BH that Rafa could feed off.
 

zagor

Bionic Poster
Don't think he has it anywhere - not to beat a well playing Nadal on that court :D
I'm not talking about beating but pushing a 32 year old Nadal to 4 sets.

That really shouldn't be too much for the Prince of Clay, the clay titan, heir to the throne, better CC player than Fed etc.
 
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Tiki-Taka

Guest
Magnificent, astonishing, epic... Got to really appreciate what this guy has done in his career, especially now when it's more and more likely that we have seen his last Slam.

Let's hear it again.

Vainqueur de Roland Garros

deux mille cinq
deux mille six
deux mille sept
deux mille huit
deux mille dix
deux mille onze
deux mille douze
deux mille treize
deux mille quatorze
deux mille dix-sept
deux mille dix-huit

l'Espagnol Rafael Nadal! :)
 

ACE of Hearts

Talk Tennis Guru
Thiem won two more games this year than he did last year! So much for my optimistic prediction! :rolleyes::oops:

Seriously, Nadal is a phenom/freak of nature at this event, especially at the business end. He can win this tournament for another few years(if he isn't injured.) There's absolutely nobody who is coming close to being able to beat him here. Two generations of useless youngsters who can't step up at slams if their lives depended on it. That's why these lesser tournaments mean diddly squat and I probably won't watch a lick of tennis until Wimbledon.

But congrats to Nadal. He's truly a wonder. Unbelievable athlete and an unbelievable competitor, the best ever IMO.
Even if thiem had pulled off that first set i think nadal pulls this off in 4 sets. I thought he served beautifully compared to his other matches before.
 
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Deleted member 512391

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I'm not talking about beating but pushing a 32 year old Nadal to 4 sets.

That really shouldn't be too much for the Prince of Clay, the clay titan, heir to the throne, better CC player than Fed etc.
Please :rolleyes:

Hahah...
 

clayqueen

G.O.A.T.
Thiem couldn't play any better than he did today. Rafa led him up the garden path in Madrid making him think he could beat him at RG.
 
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Deleted member 77403

Guest
Magnificent, astonishing, epic... Got to really appreciate what this guy has done in his career, especially now when it's more and more likely that we have seen his last Slam.

Let's hear it again.

Vainqueur de Roland Garros

deux mille cinq
deux mille six
deux mille sept
deux mille huit
deux mille dix
deux mille onze
deux mille douze
deux mille treize
deux mille quatorze
deux mille dix-sept
deux mille dix-huit

l'Espagnol Rafael Nadal! :)
The Dirty Dozen is on for Nadal next year...

Almagro may have got it right ten years ago...Nadal winning RG into his 40s.
 

ACE of Hearts

Talk Tennis Guru
Well i hope this pushes Fed at Wimbledon to win it. It feels like it’s been a year since i saw him play. Too much time off but it helps to recharge the batteries.
 

Nostradamus

Bionic Poster
My question to Thiem is,,,, WHY oh WHY didn't you change tactics when RAFA started cramping ?? and start playing keep the ball in play. Thiem did that when Match point down,,, and it worked like a charm and RAFA missed after long exchange..........
 

Krish872007

G.O.A.T.
Magnificent, astonishing, epic... Got to really appreciate what this guy has done in his career, especially now when it's more and more likely that we have seen his last Slam.

Let's hear it again.

Vainqueur de Roland Garros

deux mille cinq
deux mille six
deux mille sept
deux mille huit
deux mille dix
deux mille onze
deux mille douze
deux mille treize
deux mille quatorze
deux mille dix-sept
deux mille dix-huit

l'Espagnol Rafael Nadal! :)
Lovely tribute!
But you really think this is his last Slam? I would hope for more at this point
 
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