a reissue, a winning return and a last chance

a reissue, a winning return and a last chance

"You have to breathe."
"You have to breathe." CHRISTOPHE ARCHAMBAULT / AFP

THE MATCH DO NOT MISS. "Whenever someone is in the final here, it's against Rafa". Dominic Thiem knows, to hope to brandish, Sunday, June 9, his first cup of the Musketeer, he will have to pass a course. Better, a peak, even an inaccessible summit. On the other side of the net, in the final of Roland-Garros, eleven titles Porte d'Auteuil contemplate you.

This year, no " I have a plan ". If he is convinced he can win against Rafael Nadal, the Austrian trumpets him less. A year after having succumbed to the final boss of the great game of Roland-Garros, he's back. With new strings to his bow, and the strength of the experience.

"I beat him in Barcelona this year (end of April), so I'll try to get some inspiration from him, he blew after his marathon against Novak Djokovic, his first victory in five sets Porte d'Auteuil. I approach (this final) in a positive state of mind. " Because for four years, the little music is repeated. Invariably, once a year, "Dominator" causes the dust to bite "Rafa" on his favorite surface.

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"I see him as a candidate for the final victory at Roland-Garros in the next four or five years", recounted about the Austrian the toro of Manacor in 2016. A maturity around 2020, so. But nothing prevents Thiem from getting ahead of the call.

At Roland-Garros, in fourteen participations before this edition, Nadal has yielded only three times. Two defeats, Soderling in 2009 and Djokovic in 2015, and a package (2016). Dominic Thiem would be the fourth. Fourth, it is precisely his rank in the world hierarchy. The first of all the others, behind the Inatteignables "Roger-Rafa-Djoko". After biting the dust in the semi-finals of the Serbian, he would put the Mallorcan on the ground – that beaten ground which became his garden. "The thing is that we, the young players, for (win a Grand Slam), we have to beat on the way two of these monsters who have won at least 15 Grand Slams, he said, earlier in the fortnight. Just for that, the challenge is huge … " And if he raised it?

Rafael Nadal (Spain) – Dominic Thiem (Austria), short Philippe-Chatrier, 15 hours

SEE ALSO. There is still a Frenchwoman at Roland-Garros. If the pair Chhardy-Martin failed to succeed their compatriots Mahut-Herbert (see below), Kristina Mladenovic is still in the race to hope to win a second title Porte d'Auteuil … doubles.

After her coronation in 2016 alongside Caroline Garcia, la Bleue faces the Chinese duo Yingying Duan and Saisai Zheng with her friend Timea Babos as a partner. Already assured to become world number one in doubles, Mladenovic aspires to raise a second trophy.

Yingying Duan and Saisai Zheng (China) against Timea Babos (Hungary) and Kristina Mladenovic (France), short Philippe-Chatrier, 11:30

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" There are no rules. That's what was explained to me yesterday during the first set. As long as there are no flying objects that arrive on the court, we are good. I did not know that an umbrella, which flew in the first game of the match, was not a flying object. "

Novak Djokovic was bitter. After his defeat in two days and five sets against Dominic Thiem, the "Djoker" said goodbye to his dream of "Novak slam", reiterate the sequence of four Grand Slam titles – what he did between 2015 and 2016. Unable to develop his game in storms, the player asked Friday to postpone the meeting, long time in vain.

If he mechanically returned to the organization questions about the conditions of the postponement, Djokovic recounted his match. "When you play in a kind of storm, it's hard to be at your best. In such conditions, it is survival. Try to hold your serve, and play one more ball than the other. " To his dismay, to this little game, it was he who was carried away by the wind.

The German pair Kevin Krawietz and Andreas Mies pushed the imitation to collapse on the court synchronized after his victory against Jérémy Chardy and Fabrice Martin (6-2, 7-6). The French, for their very first Grand Slam final, have not managed to succeed another French duo, Nicolas Mahut and Pierre-Hugues Herbert, winner Porte d'Auteuil last year.

  • The score and the record of the day

Momentarily yesterday, Wikipedia had already updated the 2019 winners of the men's singles at Roland Garros by registering a victory in five sets of a certain Belgian, Robin Dupont, against the Austrian Julien Köhler, equally anonymous, on the score rather disjointed 6-0, 6-0, 2-6, 1-6, 48-46. We bet that Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem will try to close the debates before arriving at such a denouement in the last set this Sunday.

  • The program of Sunday, June 9

Do not miss the men's and women's paintings.

Court Philippe-Chatrier

Yingying Duan and Saisai Zheng (China) against Timea Babos (Hungary) and Kristina Mladenovic (France) at 11.30 am

Rafael Nadal (Spain) – Dominic Thiem (Austria), at 3 pm

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