With the Madrid Open finally nearing it’s end, it is Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem going face to face in the final showdown to clinch the title. The match-up would be very captivating after both the players have managed to be at their very best recently.
With Nadal easing past Novak Djokovic in what was a complete one sided match, the Spaniard has his prying eyes fixed on the title. Having totally outclassed the Serb in a straight set win, 6-2, 6-4, he is entering the finals as the hot favourite to get his hands on the trophy. The 5th seeded, is currently having a great run of matches, winning 19 of his previous 20 in addition to the confidence of seizing the Barcelona Open and the Monte Carlo Masters. And with the clay court to play on, it is surely a dessert for him and the home support a cherry on top.
On the other hand, the Austrian, Dominic Thiem, is getting geared up for vengeance. He squandered against the Spanaird in their last meeting at the finals of Barcelona Open, in what proved to be an easy straight set win for Nadal. Though, the Austrian did buckle up and has shown some great performances in the tournament with his sweet and cunning style of play.
If the stats are to be honored, the Spaniard tends to have a great 71% first serve percent on Clay Courts alongside having won a majority of his titles on Clay. All Hail the King Of Clay!
These stats does prove a bit severe for Thiem, but considering his abilities, he should potentially set up a tough tie for Nadal. Of the 4 matches played between them, all being on Clay, the Austrian managed to beat the former World No.1 just once.
It should turn out being a mouth-watering tie to watch for, as the Spaniar, with his favourite pitch and a crowd support in advantage, counters the Austrian’s attempts to clinch the title and complete his long awaited revenge on the Spaniard.