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Wow 8 pages and and almost a whole day to go before the march starts
How will they even play if rain is predicted all of Sunday ? Match is scheduled for 3pm local time and weather prediction shows thunderstorms all through 9pm.Alternatively it's going to be damp and muggy, the ball is not going to be bouncing high, Thiem will crush Rafa's weak serves and short balls and expose his poor granddad speed around the court.
FedThiem fans will rejoice.
I think these records will stand for a very, very long time.
That is not quite how it works. You are confusing King of Clay for Greatest of all time on clay.
A little more granular view on Thiem:
Gimme a pre-match beat.A little more granular view on Thiem:
Thiem 2 hours less on court and much of that was the difference between Diego dogging Nadal and Zverev deteriorating hamstring in the QFs (injured in grueling rally in 3rd game of match.) Nadal's save rate on break points on serve is just ridiculous, so a key for this match will be Thiem not allowing Nadal to hold from 0-40, 15-40 especially early in the match. Thiem has been better on break points than Nadal this RG so that may help him stop Nadal from digging out of so many holes. Nadal has excellent stats on return first serve, so it will be interesting if he can get close to those numbers against Thiem's rather phenomenal RG serving numbers.
Nadal's RG stats are much worse than last year where he won an astonishing 75% of 2nd serve points. Thiem's improved 2nd return game may get some traction in this match.
Nadal's first serve percentage is abnormally low as well; it seems likely he's having some minor physical issues on serve.
Nadal is the Emperor of Clay. King is too small a title.That is not quite how it works. You are confusing King of Clay for Greatest of all time on clay.
Nadal was King of Clay back in 2005, when he only had one RG title to his name. He didn't break Borg's record until 2012, that was seven years later. King of Clay is the one who is reigning at that top on that surface at the current time undisputed. I do agree that even if Thiem wins this RG, Nadal remains the KOC, but if then Thiem backs it up by dominating next year, beating Nadal everywhere, then he will have taken over the throne.
Coria was KOC back in 2004
Ferrero was KOC from 2002-2003
Kuerten was KOC of clay from 2000-2001
None of them had broken Borg's records.
A much as I'd love to see Thiem win, I think Nadal is gonna take this match personally and try to completely destroy Thiem as the pubescent upstart not ready for prime time player that Nadal believes he is. Nadal - "Seriously, you think beating me in the quarters of Madrid and Rome mean something? Roland Garros is my house, my Grand Slam, and I'm gonna teach you a real lesson you young punk. I'm going to grind you into the clay like a pigeon. You remember last year here in my house, I destroy you in 3 easy sets."