Former Spanish tennis player Alex Corretja believes that his fellow compatriot Rafael Nadal simply outsmarted rising star Dominic Thiem in the French Open final. 32-year-old Nadal handed a 6-4 6-3 6-2 loss to the Austrian to clinch his 11th French Open title.
The Austrian was bidding to become the first player ever to beat Nadal in a French Open final. A couple of bad games at the end of the first set and the beginning of the second cost Thiem the title. Nadal broke the Austrian to love in the 10th game of the first set to clinch the opener and kicked off the second set with a 3-0 lead.
24-year-old Thiem was perfoming on a high level until the disappointing 10th game of the first set. The Austrian never recovered from that as the Spaniard used all of his experience to close out the match routinely. Thiem was threatening at times to bounce back and make the final interesting but Nadal came up big when needed most to avoid any drama.
Thiem was playing his first Grand Slam final. "I thought Thiem played very well, but Rafa is just too clever," Corretja said. Also read: Returning James Ward looks forward to Nottingham Challenger campaign