Can Dominic Thiem upset the King of Clay in the finals of Roland Garros?
The King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, is in another French Open final, which should surprise nobody. He’s set to face Dominic Thiem on Sunday morning to decide the 2018 Roland Garros champion. If Nadal wins, it will be his 11th title there, which would tie Margaret Court for the most titles at a single slam (she did it at the Australian Open).
Thiem is widely considered the second-best men’s tennis player when it comes to the clay surface, but he’s up against the best. Thiem is playing in his first ever Grand Slam final, having made it as far as the fourth round in the other three majors.
For the second year in a row, he’s the only player to have beaten Nadal on Clay coming into the tournament. He snapped Nadal’s 50 sets-in-a-row record when they met in the quarterfinals on the clay of Madrid in May. That streak started when Thiem beat Nadal in Rome last year.
Other than those two matches, Thiem has beaten Nadal one other time. In the head-to-head, Nadal has a 6-3 advantage, with all of their matches having been contested on clay. The most recent was the aforementioned straight-sets win for Thiem in Madrid. Nadal’s last win over Thiem came on the clay in Monaco earlier this year, and before that he beat Thiem in the semifinals of the 2017 French Open.
Thiem came into the French Open as the seventh seed, while Nadal is the top seed.
Below is all you need to know to watch the action.
How to watch the French Open Men’s Singles Final
Date: Sunday, June 10
Time: 9 a.m. ET
Location: Stade Roland-Garros, Paris, France
Roland Garros Men’s Singles Final
No. 1 Rafael Nadal vs. No. 7 Dominic Thiem