Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem will again be the protagonists of the Roland Garros final, in a revival/revenge of the 2018 challenge won by the Spaniard in the Parisian background of the Court Philippe Chatrier. Both have come to this final deservedly.
Rafa reached his twelfth final at Bois de Boulogne by beating opponents like Yannick Hanfmann, Yannick Maden, David Goffin, Juan Ignacio Londero, Kei Nishikori and Roger Federer. Thiem landed to his second consecutive final on the clay-courts of the Stade Roland Garros by defeating rivals such as Tommy Paul, Alexander Bublik, Pablo Cuevas, Gael Monfils, Karen Khachanov and Novak Djokovic.
Nadal lost only one set during the tournament, against Goffin, while Thiem saw his semifinal against Djokovic coming in two days. The Spaniard has wasted less energy and his experience and strength on this surface and at this stage could also intimidate an alien landing.
It will be difficult to see Nadal lose today. Thiem is playing well, but even last year in the final Nadal gave a hard tennis-lesson to his young colleague. It is clear therefore that the Spaniard is the favorite to the final victory, for what we see in this fortnight and for what he showed in the last weeks.
He got semifinals in Monte Carlo, Barcelona e Madrid, winning Rome e reaching, as always happened, the climax of his level for the two Parisian weeks. In the Head-to-head Nadal leads 8-4. They have already faced each other last year in the final of the French Open, won by Rafa.
On clay-courts they played 11 of their 12 challenges, Nadal won 7 of them, Thiem 4. In the finals Rafa leads 4-0, while this is the second challenge of 2019, the first was won by Dominic in the Barcelona semi-final. In the season Nadal won the Masters 1000 in Rome and lost the Australian Open final.
Thiem has won tournaments in Indian Wells and Barcelona. Roland Garros men's final preview: Rafael Nadal 60% Dominic Thiem 40%