Roland Garros. 3:00 pm The moment of truth. The most awaited game of the year by Rafael Nadal. The last step to climb and play 12 chimes from the Philippe Chatrier, the champion's cathedral. The opportunity to increase a stratospheric record never achieved in the centuries-old history of men's tennis. Take the 12th Musketeers Cup to your Manacor museum.
After two days, after 4 hours and 13 minutes of a dramatic and intense game, Dominic Thiem will be the rival this Sunday (15.00 hours, DMAX) of Nadal in the final of Roland Garros to prevail Novak Djokovic by 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5. After a duel with many interruptions, wind and rain, the Serbian gave the Austrian right to face Nadal to play his second consecutive final in Paris in search of his first Grand Slam and prevent the Mallorcan, who won the first title in the 2005, beat its record one more year.
Djokovic and Thiem have maintained a tough battle in the resumption of the game, suspended on Friday with 3-1 of the Austrian in the third set. Without rain but with an annoying wind, Thiem has managed to sign that sleeve in which Djokovic has clung to the track until the last moment. The Serbian tennis player managed to go from a 4-1 to even 5-5, but in the twelfth game, after a 12-minute fight, in the fourth 'break point' he ended up giving up his sleeve, desperate at that rock he had on the other side of the network.
The world number 1 was not willing to give up. In the fourth, he has advanced 4-2 and although Thiem has managed to equalize (4-4), he has finally forced the fifth and decisive set, just when Nadal I returned to the locker room after a training session of just over an hour, on track number 4, very close to the center and listening to the shouts of the enthusiastic public with Thiem and Djokovic. The champion had time in the dressing room to see how his two possible rivals were 'killed' in the final.
Nadal he could see the final victory of Thiem. The Austrian tennis player saved two 'break point' in the third game, due to errors by Djokovic, who then gave the next two games in white (4-1), before a new rain storm forced to suspend the game with 40-40 in the sixth game and after saving a 0-40. Upon his return the emotion has continued in crescendo. Djokovic has saved two 'break point' for the 5-1 and has managed to get closer on the scoreboard until 5-5. Thiem has managed to place the 6-5 and in the next service of Djokovic snatch him to access the final in the first 'match ball'.
Return to the final
Thiem will be for the second consecutive year in the final of Roland Garros, again, Nadal will be the one to wait for you. "I played the best match of my life against an incredible opponent, tomorrow against Nadal it will not be easy, I hope to give everything and keep the mental energy of today, the experience of the final last year I hope you help me," said the Austrian at the end of his marathon duel.
"He has been formidable, very strong and brave, he has managed to withstand the pressure at important moments, I wish him the best for the final," said Djokovic after his defeat, which will prevent him from winning the Grand Slam for the second time on two seasons. .
Thiem has been the tennis player who on clay has won the Mallorcan more times. On four occasions it has been imposed. The first in 2016 in Buenos Aires (6-4, 4-6, 7-6) and the last this season in the semifinals of Barcelona (6-4, 6-4). His statistics are not so good in Paris where he has lost without winning a set the three games he played in 2014, in the second round; in 2017, in the semifinals (6-3, 6-4, 6-0) and last year in the final (6-4, 6-3, 6-2).
"Thiem is a great specialist on the ground, very strong physically and with a power of blows that pulls you back, it will be a tough opponent"
TRAINER OF RAFAEL NADAL
Thiem will be the last obstacle that has left to Nadal to return to bite the Musketeers Cup for the 12th time. An unprecedented record in men's tennis and that will equal the mark of the Australian Margaret Court, also champion on 12 occasions of the Australian Open (1960-66, 1969-71 and 1973).
"Thiem is a great specialist on the ground, very strong physically and with a power of blows that pulls you back, he has gained experience, he will be a tough opponent," he said. Carlos Moyà, after the training and without knowing that the Austrian was going to be the rival of Nadal.
Loaded with adrenaline
Thiem reaches the final "charged with adrenaline"The tiredness accumulated in four consecutive days playing will not help you too much." The challenge is maximum. I have an incredible opportunity to beat him. For me it would be a great dream to win Roland Garros, "argued Thiem, who aspires to be the second Austrian to achieve it after Thomas Muster (1995).
"Thiem is mentally strong and ready for big things, he has talent and, at 25 years old, experience to fight for the top of tennis, today he won number 1 and tomorrow, what better than the best, he is ready for the challenge", He said Nicolás Massú, the extenista of 39 years, captain of Glass Davis of Chile and gold in Athens 2004 that, from only three months ago works with Thiem. Better you can not go.
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