Thiem breaks the predictions and will play another final against Nadal

Thiem proved that he is, along with Nadal, the best ground player of the moment and beat Djokovic, who is left without being able to win four Grand Slams followed for the second time.


Almost everyone had opted for a final Nadal-Djokovic at Roland Garros. Players, ex-players, analysts and even rivals had predicted it, but that will not be the match for the title, but the same as in 2018. The Spaniard will play against the Austrian Dominic Thiem (25 years), who returned to beat Novak Djokovic ( 32) in the Parisian Grand Slam, as he had done in the quarterfinals of 2017. But this defeat (6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7 and 7-5 in 4h: 13) in two chapters , which started on Friday and ended this Saturday because of the rain, was much more painful for the Serbian, who came with a run to win the second time in his career the four majors consecutively. You will not be able to do it and the opportunity to shorten the advantage of titles that have on him (15) Federer (20) and Nadal (17 and with option of 18) will vanish until Wimbledon. The number one is not in danger.

Thiem took another step forward to be considered a great player, especially on land. He has been running for four consecutive years, at least , to the semifinals in France and now he will repeat the final, like Nadal, and as they did before other figures: the own Djokovic, Federer, Ferrero, Kuerten, Bruguera, Agassi, Lendl ... Among those great names is already his. It is the most stable and capable of the aspirants outside the Big Three. The bad thing is that this new opportunity will come with more wear, because it will be his fourth day of play after a duel to five sets whose resumption was extended, also by rain, from 12:00 to 16: 03.

They both knew that the beginning of the continuation (with 6-2, 3-6 and 3-1 for Thiem) would be key and Djokovic came out to bite. In fact, he was about to break the first Austrian service, which won that stake and saw the second, although this time he lost it. With the partial match, he suffered a lot to try to stop the unleashed Serbian push and he did it with great left and brutal rights before the badly chosen climbs of his rival. Pressed always by the remains of Nole, Dominic endured with bravery and subtraction with the The wind in favor fell on top of Djokovic, embolicado by a warning that Jaume Campistol, the Catalan chairman, pointed out for delaying the serve ("Have you ever played tennis? You've made a name for yourself with this", he snapped). and took the fourth set point to get ahead on the score.

No was going to surrender the number one and took advantage in the fourth set after a couple of climbs, this time, successful. Thiem, with a firm and precise hand, recovered the break with a backhand that after touching the net, passed over the Balkan, that did not sink and reacted with fury to get ahead again. It seemed to have the matter controlled when the fourth of the ranking was scored another break that failed to consolidate in the craziest and least ordered phase of the match, in which there were five breaks. With a face of few friends, Djokovic saved the furniture and took the duel to the fifth set.

Thiem proved he threw and mental strength to resist before one of the best players of all time. He had break point to get 2-0, then he saved one of Novak in his turn and the rest in the next game returned to take advantage. The consolidated and with 4-1 and a 0-40 in his favor, left very touched his opponent, who was saved again by the rain, as on Friday, when he tried to overcome those three balls of break. One hour and ten minutes later, the match continued with controversy by a point of Thiem that Djokovic considered bad. Even so he retained his serve and went to his enemy with kamikaze climbs to the network (35/71, 49% in total). He recovered and with 30-0 to equalize he committed a double fault and two blunders, one on the reverse and the other with the drive, which put on a plate the victory to Dominic. Fear blocked him when he got closer, wasted two match balls with his service and could not fix the rest on the first attempt in the middle of a roller coaster of failures on both sides. He did it to the second after a Nole gazapo and with a tremendous winning cross drive. A great triumph in an epic and precious match.

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