The French dirt is seeing off its final days of play for the year as we near the end of the clay season. This year has been a tremendous one for the players, some rising to their peak whilst the others suffering an unexpected downfall. Two of those players who escaped the downfall and had a great year so far, are coming on face to face in a captivating tie to secure their last chance of grabbing a clay title this year as we see the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal take on the young Austrian, Dominic Thiem for a place in the finals of French Open 2017.
The Spaniard is coming off what would have been an easy win for Nadal, given his opponent, Pablo Carreno Busta, wouldn’t have had retired giving a walkover to the Spanish No.1 to the semis of the Grand Slam. Nadal was already in the box-seat to win the match taking in account his 6-2 win over his fellow Spanish mate in the starting set. Nadal was easing past Busta with his aggressive shots and speedy feet to cover the court, making the Busta’s “as scarce as hen’s teeth” placements go in vain. He carried forward his dominance in the 2nd set taking a swift 2-0 lead just when his fellow mate succumbed to his injury, giving Nadal an easy pass to the semis just after 10 games.
The World No. 4 hasn’t face any hard tests so far in this tournament and this continued with a so-called wildcard handed by his fellow Spaniard. Nadal has now won 15 of his last 16 matches on clay and looks to tighten his grip over his performances further. The World No. 4 has suffered in just 3 games in his previous 3 matches, taking the toll to an overall 22 games in the tourament so far. The Spaniard is playing at his peak and looks forward to adding another trophy to his cabinet after sealing the decima of French Open. Shockingly, the stats prove the Spaniard hasn’t lost any Grand Slam semi-final since US Open in 2009 and probably would be enjoying his 4th Grand Slam semis appearence since 2014. This stats might be a lot for his competitor for the match, Dominic Thiem to take.
On the other hand, Nadal’s Austrian counter-part is coming off an outstanding run of form in the tournament so far. Thiem finally accomplished his long awaited vengeance over the “struggling” Novak Djokovic after he won in straight sets with just 28 games played. Thiem was undoubtedly the dominating lad of the pair as we saw the Austrian seize the victory in style with a 74% first serve points in his bag. This match marked the continuation of Thiem’s unbeatable record in terms of set in this very tournament. Dropping just 14 games in his last two matches, the Austrian has had a remarkable stat of a total of 62 winners in the French Open 2017, a formula that can bolster the Austrian’s confidence ahead of the epic battleagainst the King.
With Thiem coming off with a tantalizing run of form on clay, with 8 wins of his previous 9 matches, Nadal would surely need to carve out one hell of a play on court if he is to beat this mitochondria under construction. Both the players have played each other 6 times with the numbers splitting up 4 wins to 2 for Nadal and Thiem respectively. They recently locked horns at the Italian Open, where the World. No 7 shocked the world, surging a major, headlining upset by knocking out the hot favourite for the tournament, Rafael Nadal, in an easy straight set win, 6-4, 6-3. The Austrian displayed a masterpiece in defeating the King of Clay with his subtle placements and a unwavering will to back him up.
It would be of keen interest for the world to see these two powerhouses collide once again, as Thiem hopes to emulate his previous performance against the Spaniard in a bid to enter his maiden Grand Slam final and potentially getting his hands over his maiden Grand slam title as well.
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