At the end of a very high level final at Roland-Garros, the Spaniard Rafael Nadal retained his crown by dominating the Austrian Dominic Thiem. Victorious in four sets, "Rafa" had a twelfth success on Paris clay.
Even the disrespectful roar of a spectator – "We love you Roger, you're the best!" -, at the very beginning of the final, will have changed nothing to the inevitable. At Roland Garros, there is only one king, and his name is Rafael Nadal. After scouring the illustrious Federer, precisely in the semifinals of the Paris Grand Slam, the Spaniard has overcome the Austrian Dominic Thiem, in the final of this edition 2019. A success in four rounds 6-3, 5 -7, 6-1, 6-1 and 3:01 am, which gave him the right to lift the Musketeers Cup for the 12th time in his career. Improved record, and how …
The setting in mouth of this final, in particular, will remain in the memories. Forty-five minutes, the two men gave themselves to a sublime arm wrestling, punctuated by dampness, lobes and overpowering exchanges. A sumptuous sequence that saw Thiem get the first break of the match (2-3), before his eldest put the counters on par with stride. Then at the approach of the "money time", Nadal has started the mode "roller coaster": three games torn off hard won the first round (6-3) after 53 minutes of play.
Thiem finds resources …
A similar scenario had last year's suspense at the 2018 final. But the Thiem cuvée 2019 is made of another wood. Not really impressed, the Austrian continued to believe in his chances and, solid on his throw into play, he held the dragee high bulldozer Majorcan throughout the second set.
And it was at the best moment that he got two break points at 6-5 in his favor. The first allowed him to pick up at a round everywhere, under the cheers of the audience of Chatrier, after 1 hour 42 fight.
… then finally drop flag
Stung by this affront, Nadal did not fail to react. Three breaks and four games of rank allowed him to take the hand in a third set which was finally a formality (6-1 in just half an hour). An umpteenth shock that this time was right for the Austrian.
After having the opportunity to take the opposing service three times in the very beginning of the fourth set (0-0 then 2-0), he ended up bending on the thrusts of a Nadal simply inexhaustible, and who has converted most of his opportunities. Unbeatable in crucial moments, the Spaniard took the fourth set without shaking (6-1, in 49 minutes), to go to win a twelfth success in as many finals on the Parisian ocher.
A hegemony that allows him, at just 33 years, to bring to 18 his grand slam victories, two lengths of his eternal rival, the Swiss legend Roger Federer. Tiem, he will have to wait a little longer to open his meter.
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