Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sports | By Jonathan Ford

Quiet please! Dominic Thiem, the low-profile iron man of tennis

Quiet please! Dominic Thiem, the low-profile iron man of tennis

Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal powered past Austrian Dominic Thiem in straight sets here on Sunday, claiming his record-extending 11th title at Roland Garros.

Thiem found some life and threatened with a break point in the seventh game, but Nadal broke his pace with a drop shot and finished it off with a passing shot, holding for 5-2.

Although Nadal subsequently received treatment on his forearm it seemingly had little adverse effect and, after a second break of serve, his 11th triumph was secured at the fifth time of asking when Thiem sent a return long.

17 Grand Slam titles by Rafael Nadal is the second most in men's category in Open Era after Roger Federer's 20.

"Physically I enjoyed more watching him on the couch", smiled Thiem, who was 11 years old when Nadal won his first French Open in 2005.

Nadal becomes just the second player to reach over $100 million in on-court winnings, behind rival Novak Djokovic.

In fact, Thiem is so good on clay that he has downed Nadal three times on the surface, including earlier this year at the Madrid Open.

57 is the number of titles Nadal holds on the clay court. The final match at Roland Garros against Nadal was likely never going to be one of those moments for him.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report. The Austrian does possess all the tools to trouble Nadal, but successfully doing it over the course of at least three sets might be too uphill a task for the first time Grand Slam finalist. He pounded huge serves, topping 135 miles per hour (220 kph) - about 25 miles per hour (40 kph) more than Nadal's fastest - and that translated into seven aces, but also five double-faults.

Slow starts have plagued Nadal in several of his matches this fortnight, most notably against 11th-Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals.

As he powered his way to victory, Nadal sported the Nike Air Zoom Cage 3 sneaker.

Nadal's introduction included a year-by-year accounting of every time he'd already won the title at Roland Garros.

Thiem and Nadal have had nine career meetings and all of them have come on clay.

Thiem dug in - especially in the roughly 13-minute sixth game - but he crumbled attempting to stay in the set, making four unforced errors.

Certainly, Nadal played a role. Another forehand victor from Nadal followed, and this time Thiem looked up toward his coach and yelled.

According to Daily Express, the Met Office say that there is a 70 percent chance of rain by 4 pm (7:30 pm in India) and the showers may remain till 9 pm (00:30 am in IST).

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