Rafael Nadal – Dominic Thiem

Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem betting Tips and Predictions for the 2018 final of the men’s French Open singles competition at Roland Garros in Paris. World number one, and defending champion, Rafael Nadal takes on first time grand slam finalist Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s showpiece final, with both men looking to leave the French capital as the champion. Rafael Nadal is a ten-time champion at this event, a record for a grand slam event, and the Spanish ace will be looking to further extend his record and win back-to-back titles here. Nadal won this title twelve months ago after a straight-sets win over Stan Wawrinka in the final. Dominic Thiem, meanwhile, is finally into his first final here after two successive semi-final defeats in his last two appearances here. The Austrian ace was beaten in straight-sets by Rafael Nadal in last year’s semi-final, something he’ll be looking to avenge in this final. Will Thiem be able to stop Nadal’s charge towards an eleventh French Open crown?

World number one Rafael Nadal will be the heavy favourite in Sunday’s final, and you can see why. The Spaniard extended his record at Roland Garros to 85-2 on Friday afternoon with his semi-final victory over Juan Martin del Potro. The Spaniard ran out the straight-sets winner against the Argentine, to book his place in an eleventh French Open final. In addition to trying to defend his title, Nadal will need to win the final in order to defend his number one ranking. If Nadal was to lose the final, rival Roger Federer would return to top spot in the tennis rankings. Nadal has been in dominant form on clay for the last two years, losing just two matches in this period, and winning an astonishing seven of the nine clay court events he’s entered since the start of last season. Can Nadal not only win a record-extending eleventh French Open crown, but win his seventeenth grand slam title in the process?

Dominic Thiem is set to play in the biggest match of his career, and he’ll be hoping for it to be the day he wins the biggest title of his career. The Austrian ace finally got over the hurdle that is the semi-final stage of this tournament, and now he’ll be hoping to do the same in this final. Thiem faced giant killer Marco Cecchinato in this year’s semi-final, and despite a hard-fought opening two sets, Thiem ran out the winner in straight-sets. The twenty-four-year-old came into this tournament as one of the form players after claiming the Lyon Open title on the eve of this tournament, and he now finds himself on a ten-match winning streak going into this final. Thiem has had a solid clay court season on the whole, including victory over Nadal on his way to the final in Madrid. Dominic Thiem knows how to beat Nadal and he’ll be confident of doing so, but will he be able to do enough to leave Paris as the French open champion?

These two have completely different experience levels when it comes to grand slam finals, and it might play a factor in Sunday’s final. Dominic Thiem is set to appear in his first ever slam final, whereas Nadal has already appeared in 23 grand slam finals. The Spaniard currently boasts an impressive 16-7 record in these finals, and even more impressively is the fact he’s 10-0 in French Open finals. Nadal has never lost at this stage of this tournament, and it’s going to take an almighty effort from Thiem to end that streak. Can Nadal make it 11-0 in French Open finals, or can Thiem follow in the footsteps of Nadal by winning his first grand slam final here at Roland Garros?

These two have already met nine times throughout their careers, and all nine of those past meetings have been on a clay court. Rafael Nadal currently leads their head-to-head record 6-3, with his most recent victory over Thiem coming earlier this season at the Monte Carlo Masters quarter-final. Dominic Thiem, meanwhile, won their most recent meeting at last month’s Madrid Masters, bringing an end to Nadal’s 21-match winning streak on clay at the time. Rafael Nadal does, however, lead their record in finals 2-0 as well as leading their record at this tournament 2-0. Dominic Thiem, however, has been Nadal’s biggest threat on clay over the last two years and he’s the only man to have beaten him on this surface in that time. These are arguably the two best clay court tennis players in the world right now, and for some this would’ve been the dream final at the start of the tournament. Who will win the 2018 French Open title?

Rafael Nadal 3-0

Set Betting

I can’t see anything other than Rafael Nadal winning his eleventh French Open title on Sunday, and I think he’ll do it in style. In my opinion, beating Rafael Nadal here at Roland Garros is arguably one of, if not, the hardest thing to do in sport, it just doesn’t really happen. Nadal comes into this final with an 85-2 record at this tournament, and I don’t think Thiem will do enough to change that to 85-3. While Thiem is capable of beating Nadal, I just don’t think he has enough to do it at this tournament and in a best-of-five-sets match either. Nadal won their previous two meetings here in straight-sets, and he wasn’t really challenged in either of those matches. I think Nadal marches to his eleventh French Open title in straight-sets.

Rafael Nadal 6-4

1st Set Game Score

This match will be hugely influenced by the first set, if Nadal wins it I think he cruises to victory. I really think Thiem needs the first set if he’s to make this final competitive, but I don’t think he will. I think the first set will be tight, and like Nadal’s semi-final I think one break will be enough for either player. I think that breaks goes to Nadal, and he takes the first set 6-4.

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