Seemingly cruising to victory, that's when Nadal called for the trainer. The red clay is running through the hourglass, and there's more piled at the bottom than there is left at the top.
Thiem stayed with him for the better part of a set, before Nadal pulled away for a 6-4, 6-3, 6-2 victory and his 11th championship at Roland Garros. "The watch keeps going always", Nadal said. "I am sure you'll win here in the next couple of years". "When that change, will be a time to do another thing, and I am not anxious about this".
"Unfortunately, he could get destroyed", Bresnik said.
Unfortunately, about half an hour later, the answer became a clear and resounding no.
"I felt that I was not able to move the hand, the finger", he said.
This year, in Madrid where the courts are faster and the flies through the air because of the altitude, Thiem launched a heavy-handed attack against Nadal and emerged a 7-5, 6-3 victor. "I love the tournament", Thiem told the crowd. The Philippe Chatrier is his court, he decides the pace and the tempo.
Nadal is now the first player in the Open Era, male or female, to win the same Grand Slam tournament 11 times, a feat that has been dubbed La Undécima, after Real Madrid's bid to win an 11th European Cup.
Rafael Nadal, the tennis superstar leading men's rankings, has clinched a record-extending 11th French Open win after beating eight-ranked Dominic Thiem in straight sets to defend his title.
Thiem began to play better as the set went on, and it was only one break, but he could never earn it back, and Nadal won the second set 6-3.
However, the exchange - with over £1.2 million traded on the match already - has Nadal as a [1.26] favourite, which is around a 6% difference in implied odds percentage and certainly enough to be actionable value. It was his best performance of the fortnight, as Nadal confirmed on court, just when he needed it most. He didn't look meek or cowed, just frustrated when he missed chances to make minor headway. Thiem did not wind up with the trophy he really wanted. The Austrian followed that point up with three consecutive errors, and the first set went to the Spaniard.
Nadal saluted his 24-year-old opponent, who is the only man to have beaten the Spaniard on clay over the past two seasons. He won the first six points and broke for 2-0.
It was his only appearance before winning the Masters title in Monte Carlo in April, backing that up with victory at the Barcelona Open and another Masters title in Rome. "I want to think that is possible but I know maybe in a month Federer will win Wimbledon again".
"Still, I'm disappointed, of course". I have passion for what I am doing.
"I've never been insane about this kind of stuff".