As the only man to have beaten Rafael Nadal on clay over the past two seasons, Dominic Thiem knows he has the weapons and expertise to topple the 10-times champion in Sunday’s French Open final.
However, the Austrian is wary that a best-of-five-set Grand Slam match represents a different challenge, especially at a tournament where the Spaniard has been beaten only twice in 87 matches.
Thiem beat Nadal in straight sets in Rome 13 months ago and at the Madrid Masters last month, but in their two previous Roland Garros meetings in 2014 and 2017, the seventh-seeded Austrian won a total of 14 games.
“He is a big favorite against everybody. Still, I know how to play against him. I have a plan,” a confident Thiem, who dispatched surprise package Marco Cecchinato 7-5 7-6(10) 6-1 in the semi-finals on Friday, told reporters.
Thiem’s confidence has grown as he reached the final of a major for the first time after falling in the semis in the last two editions of the French Open.
“The most important thing is that the weapons are there and the physical shape and of course, there is also the mental part,” the 24-year-old said.
“I can take some things off (those wins). If I want to beat him, I have to play that way like I did in Rome and in Madrid.”
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