The most memorable clash of the pair’s 14 previous meetings came in the quarter-finals of the 2018 US Open. Eleven amazing facts about Rafa’s record-extending “Undecima” at Roland-Garros. It was the 11th Roland Garros crown for Rafa in 14 appearances, and his 17th Major crown overall, trailing three behind Roger Federer. Dominic Thiem was expected to be a … Nadal is looking for his first ATP Finals title, and after a comfortable win against Andrey Rublev, he will take on World No. ©Julien Crosnier / FFT FIRST SERVE PERCENTAGE Speaking about Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic, Thiem mentioned his first Major final at Roland Garros 2018, facing the clay king Rafael Nadal in what was his biggest challenge in a career. US Open 2018: Rafael Nadal outlasts Dominic Thiem in five-set classic to reach semis. Thiem was the runner-up to Nadal in 2018 and 2019; the man who won the U.S. Open last month is 26-4 at Roland Garros over the past five years, and three of those losses came against Nadal (the other came against Novak Djokovic). It sure seemed at the shocking outset as if Nadal was somehow unprepared for this step up in competition. Rafael Nadal - Dominic Thiem, 2018 final: highlights. 2-seeded Nadal, seeking a 13th title at Roland Garros and record-tying 20th Grand Slam trophy overall, meets 74th-ranked Stefano Travaglia, while No. The same rivals would meet in the final in Paris a year later, too, with Nadal winning another title to extend his dominance. 28 Casper Ruud. BREAK POINTS WON Nadal – 5/17 Thiem – 6/13. 3 Dominic Thiem. "Well, I must be clear, in my first final at Roland Garros, against Rafael Nadal, I had no chance of beating him, we all know what he can do in that tournament. Rafael Nadal overwhelmed Dominic Thiem in straight sets in a final masterclass on Chatrier. Andrey Rublev has won an ATP-best five titles in 2020. Dominic Thiem beat top-seeded Rafael Nadal 7-6, 7-6, 4-6, 7-6 in a thrilling quarterfinal match at the Australian Open. Thiem and Nadal have twice met in the French Open final in 2018 and 2019, both going Nadal's way, straight sets in 2018 … The young Austrian had battled past Novak Djokovic in the semis, setting the ultimate clash with the ten-time champion in Paris. Nadal converted five of those, more than enough to seal the deal in straight sets, having the upper hand from the baseline and finding an open space to land his reliable and tamed groundstrokes that left Thiem with no answer. Thiem opened with a 7-6(5), 4-6, 6-3 victory over defending champion Stefanos Tsitsipas, while Nadal took care of year-end championship debutant Andrey Rublev 6-3, 6-4. Austria's Thiem, who beat Tsitsipas and Nadal earlier in the week to win Group London 2020, was well below his best at London's empty O2 Arena in a 6-2, 7-5 defeat. Defending champion Rafael Nadal defeated Dominic Thiem in the final, 6–4, 6–3, 6–2 to win the Men's Singles tennis title at the 2018 French Open. It was the 14th season with at least one Major title for Rafa, becoming the third-oldest champion in Paris in the Open era behind Andres Gimeno and Ken Rosewall, who was there to present him the trophy. 1. Rafael Nadal wins 11th Roland-Garros title. World No. Thiem ended Djokovic’s bid for a record-tying sixth ATP Finals trophy, while Medvedev prevented Nadal from continuing to pursue the most significant title the 20-time major champ hasn’t won. Nadal joins the 1000 club on cherished Parisian territory, What we learned from Roland-Garros 2020 women's event, Home delight for Jacquemot as she clinches girls' title. Rafa dominated Rublev in a 6-3, 6-4 win where he didn’t give up a single breakpoint and won 82-percent of his first service points in just 77 minutes. He played only nine tournaments, his lowest since 2002. Nadal served a double-fault and Thiem, after battling back from 2-5 to 5-5, then threw in one of his own. Unstoppable Sunday 10 June 2018. Thiem, Nadal Win Opening Matches at ATP Finals in London Thiem outlasted Stefanos Tsitsipas in a rematch of the 2019 final, beating the defending champion 7 … 3 Thiem, the runner-up to Nadal in 2018 and 2019 in France and the champion at the U.S. Open last month, takes on No. Other stories ©Cedric Lecocq / FFT. LONDON - Dominic Thiem made sure this year’s ATP Finals didn’t begin the same way last year’s ended. Thiem outlasted Stefanos Tsitsipas in a rematch of the 2019 final, beating the defending champion 7-6 (5), 4-6, 6-3 Sunday in the opening singles match of the tournament inside a largely empty O2 Arena. Rafael Nadal wins 11th Roland-Garros title. As the only member of the Big 3 playing in 2020, this may be the year to do it. ... where he also went out in the quarterfinals in 2018. ... Nadal – 3/4 Thiem – 18/4. The Spaniard had more winners than unforced errors, controlling the pace and forcing Thiem to go for risky shots and lines, which drew more than 40 unforced errors. Thiem’s defense and power from the baseline put him on top early, and strong serving at key moments allowed him to save the first eight break points he faced. Nadal battled past Thiem 0-6, 6-4, 7-5, 6-7 (4), 7-6 (5) in an epic four-hour, 49-minute marathon that ended at 2:04 a.m. The Spaniard served at 68% and was rock-solid in his games, dominating on the … Roger Federer: 'That helps me to squeeze the extra 1%', Simon Rea: 'Rafael Nadal is the greatest competitor I have ever seen', 'It's incredible how Rafael Nadal manages his matches', says young star, 2020 in Review: Rafael Nadal tames Nikoloz Basilashvili to grab Spain's victory, 'Roger Federer makes us dream', says ATP legend, 2020 in Review: Novak Djokovic edges Kevin Anderson in season opener, 'If you watch a Rafael Nadal match in London, you can see big...', says top coach, Toni: 'Rafael Nadal was upset by VAR giving three penalties against Real Madrid', Andy Murray: "Roger Federer is the best player to watch", Carlos Moya: 'Rafael Nadal lost crucial points against Thiem and Medvedev in London', Roger Federer gets back his famous logo, with RF caps coming in a week, 'When Roger Federer came in, it was completely...', says top player. World no. ©2020 - all rights reserved Fédération Française de Tennis, Simona Halep - Sloane Stephens, 2018 final: highlights. Thiem was the only player who defeated Rafa on clay in 2017 and 2018 but he failed to deliver another upset on the most significant scene, unable to match Nadal's pace and win maiden Major title. Rafa had won 86 out of 88 matches played in Paris since 2005, scoring the 111th triumph in the best-of-five encounters on clay from 113 tests! Rafael Nadal VS Dominic Thiem #Title Not Set# Show Head 2 Head Detail VS 9 60% Wins … In the late match, Rafael Nadal had a much easier time against newcomer Andrey Rublev, beating the Russian 6-3, 6-4 in just 1 hour, 17 minutes. 3 Dominic Thiem is preparing for the season restart in New York, entering Cincinnati and the US Open. It proved to be a mission impossible for Dominic, with Nadal scoring a 6-4, 6-3, 6-3 triumph in two hours and 43 minutes to defend the title and remain world no. Thiem stuns Nadal in first set. 3 Dominic Thiem still perfectly remembers his 2018 US Open thriller clash against 19-time Grand Slam champion Rafael Nadal. U.S. Open champion Rafael Nadal overcame a rare bagel and a relentless challenge from Dominic Thiem in an epic five-set quarterfinal clash lasting almost five hours in New York. Long after early bird Thiem was done, Nadal also marched on in his pursuit of a 13th French Open title and record-tying 20 major overall. Roland-Garros Junior Wild Card Series by OPPO: #TBT Mexico and Brazil! Nadal eased past Rublev on Sunday while Thiem was made to work harder in a three-set win over Tsitsipas in a rematch of last year’s final. Thiem was the runner-up to Nadal in 2018 and 2019; the man who won the U.S. Open last month is 26-4 at Roland Garros over the past five years, and three of those losses came against Nadal … Rafael Nadal overwhelmed Dominic Thiem in straight sets in a final masterclass on Chatrier. In his first Major final, Dominic Thiem lost to Rafael Nadal in Paris 2018. That match is probably the biggest challenge I've ever had in my sports career," Dominic Thiem said. Thiem should be among the favorites in New York, with no Rafael Nadal and Roger Federer in the draw, seeking the first Major crown after previously losing all three finals. Delsey Paris X Roland-Garros: the 2020 tournament on the move! The season was largely shortened by the hip, knee, abdominal and ankle injuries Nadal suffered during the year. Thiem went on beat Nadal once a year on clay for the next three years until 2019, joining Djokovic as one of two players to have defeated Nadal on clay four times or more. Nadal won 14 of the last 20 points in the set, breaking Thiem twice, to even the match, 0-6, 6-4. Spaniard Nadal, bidding to win the only big title to elude him, engineered the first break of the match at 3-3 in the second set only for Thiem to reply in stunning fashion. The No. The 2018 Rafael Nadal tennis season officially began on 15 January 2018, with the start of the Australian Open, and ended on 8 September 2018, with a loss at the semifinals of the US Open and subsequent injury. Also, Rafa became the only player in the Open era with 11 titles at three different tournaments after conquering Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Roland Garros this spring to extend his clay-court dominance that had been lasting for 13 years. Everything you need to know about the roof, Channel Nine is the new and exclusive broadcaster of Roland-Garros in Australia. The Austrian competed in numerous exho matches in the last couple of months, winning the majority of those and shaping up his form ahead of the first official encounters this month. By Ricky Dimon Rafael Nadal has never won the Rolex Paris Masters. By Ricky Dimon Either Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem will take control of Group B at the Nitto ATP Finals on Tuesday. The Spaniard served at 68% and was rock-solid in his games, dominating on the first serve and keeping the second safe enough to face just three break points in the entire clash, getting broken once. However, the season still saw … Dominic served below 60% and had to play against 17 break chances, putting even more significant pressure on his shoulders in the most important match of his career. ... 2018 … Nadal equaled Margaret Court 's all-time record of 11 Grand Slam singles titles won at one major and became the first player to achieve that feat in the Open Era. They have only ever played twice on hard courts, with Nadal edging out their classic 2018 US Open quarter-final 7-6(5) in the 5th set before Thiem … Simona Halep recovered from a set and a break down to overcome Sloane Stephens for her first major title. This round-robin winners’ match marks the 15th career contest between Nadal and Thiem, with the Spaniard leading the head-to-head series 9-5.