Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem, French Open men's final 2019

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Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem, French Open men's final 2019

Thiem downed the world number one 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 to set up a repeat of last year's final against 11-time victor and defending champion Rafael Nadal. "That's all I can tell you".

"To be in the semi-finals with the three best players of all time (Nadal beat Roger Federer in the other semi on Friday) is really incredible". He was playing the last four days in a row.

Nadal has hardly broken sweat at the French Open this year, making the final for the loss of just one set, against David Goffin in the third round.

He got the crucial break in the eighth game of the second set, however, when a Thiem forehand kissed the netcord and flew long and Djokovic levelled the match.

The semifinal between Novak Djokovic and Dominic Thiem has resumed after a rain delay of about an hour. Nadal had just 19 unforced errors to 33 winners, which is highly impressive given how windy it was.

The 38th-ranked Vondrousova hadn't dropped a set before the final.

He even summoned the tour supervisor at one stage to complain about the severity of the conditions. It was an epic performance from the world No4, who has a justifiable claim to being the second best player around in this surface, and the second time he has sent Djokovic on his way in Paris in the last three years.

Dominic Thiem dug deepm to hold off a resurgent Novak Djokovic to reach the French Open final.

Thiem, who has never made it to the final at another Grand Slam, is looking to become the first Austrian to win a major since Thomas Muster lifted the Musketeers Cup at the French Open in 1995. "That's our sport", said Thiem whose semi-final with Djokovic spanned a full 24 hours.

In gusty winds Thiem's powerful groundstrokes helped him dominate the first set and Djokovic was in trouble early in the second when he fended off a break point.

"I think it's really important that I go into the match with the belief to win", he said.

"The protocol is that we talk to the players first and then we make an announcement", Forget said.

Tournament organisers said that fans holding tickets for the semi-final will be fully refunded as they will not be valid for Saturday.

"He will be the favourite but I hope to just leave it all out on the court again and we will see". Thiem has now lost at least one set in four of his six matches, but he's been able to figure things out and play his best tennis down the stretch to close the deal.

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