Is Thiem really the “Prince of clay” or does Nadal just have a matchup problem with him?

Fabresque

Professional
#1
Thiem is actually pretty inconsistent on clay, so does Nadal have a matchup problem with him (in BO3) or is he really living up to all the hype?
 
#3
Ned tanked in Rome last year and had an off day in Madrid this year. And the other win came in 2016. Thiem didn’t get close to taking a set off of Nadal at RG in the last two years.
 
#8
Um, Thiem just bagelled The Nadal at USO and still lost the match. This is as much a "matchup issue" as Fedal was: massive flattery to the loser who clearly has a psychological issue with The Nadal.

A distant second is the actual matchup issues where Thiem needs to redline his game at a very low margin to push The Nadal. Thiem's best average level simply isn't good enough. How much of that is stupidity, poor shot selection, stubbornness and choking as opposed to a lack of ability is irrelephant. That USO match they just played is a rare match, demonstrative of many things including Thiem actually forgetting how to play and succeed against a player after just bagelling him. Tennis (and life) rarely rewards that level of idiocy.
 
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