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Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem LIVE

Rafael Nadal takes on Dominic Thiem in the men’s French Open final today and you can follow the match LIVE with Express Sport.

Nadal is eyeing a record 11th Roland Garros title and has reigned supreme on clay this year.

The Spaniard is the heavy favourite to win in Paris today and conditions are perfect for his brand of sharp, clean, powerful tennis.

However, Thiem cannot be discounted as he remains the only man to have beaten Nadal on clay this season.

The Austrian is widely regarded as an excellent player on the red dirt and could push Nadal all the way this afternoon.

Thunderstorms are expected later this afternoon, with a slight chance of rain over Paris.

The French Open final starts at 2pm BST and you can follow all the news and updates live below…

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Rafael Nadal is chasing an 11th Roland Garros title

FRENCH OPEN FINAL LIVE

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*Rafael Nadal 3-2 Dominic Thiem

Lovely tennis from Nadal. He plants a drop shot that Thiem leaps upon – but moments later the Austrian is reeling as Nadal lobs it over him into open court. Nadal holds to 30 and the players change ends.

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Dominic Thiem is competing in his first ever Grand Slam final

Rafael Nadal 2-2 Dominic Thiem*

Thiem comes forward to again deliver a forehand winner and open up the game. Nadal gets things level at deuce, the first of the match. Nadal earns an advantage but then hits long a service return.

Moments later and Thiem holds.

*Rafael Nadal 2-1 Dominic Thiem – BREAK

Thiem gets some traction in the rally, claiming two potions against this monster Nadal forehand. He wonderfully wrong-foots the Spaniard to move 15-40 ahead. Two break points here… the first is saved. But the second isn’t! Nadal goes short and it allows Thiem to come forward and swat home a forehand winner. Break back!

Rafael Nadal 2-0 Dominic Thiem* – BREAK

A lovely drop shot from Nadal catches his opponent off guard and it’s 0-30. Thiem gets a point back but then goes long with a backhand into open court! Two break points already for Nadal… and the Spaniard wins the first!

*Rafael Nadal 1-0 Dominic Thiem

Nadal to serve first. Thiem goes long in the first rally. We’re underway!

Nadal holds to love, volleying home the fourth point of the match after coming to the net.

*Rafael Nadal 0-0 Dominic Thiem

Nadal to serve first. Thiem goes long in the first rally. We’re underway!

14:03: Loud cheers for Nadal as he leads a ball-boy out onto court. He remains the home favourite here in Paris despite hailing from Mallorca.

Remember, Nadal is eyeing French Open title 11 today. His first came back in 2005 with a win over Argentine Mariano Puerta. Now there’s a pub quiz question for you!

14:00: Nadal and Thiem are about to come out onto court. It’s muggy and hot down there on the red dirt, which may favour Thiem.

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Roland Garros gets a fly-over before the final

French Open weather forecast

Unfortunately, it appears as though the French Open final could be affected by rain today.

Storms are predicted over Paris from around 4pm BST.

It’s overcast now ahead of the 2pm start between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.

Lighting is expected at 5pm, with a 22 per cent chance of rain.

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The French Open final weather forecast does not look good

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Rafael Nadal’s massive serve could be a major weapon today

Thiem previews French Open final

Dominic Thiem says he has a plan to stop Rafael Nadal in the French Open final today.

“I know how to play against him. I have a plan,” he said.

“If it’s going to be him on Sunday, I will try everything that my plan also going to work out a little bit here and not only in Madrid or in Rome.

“If I want to beat him, I have to play that way like I did in Rome and in Madrid.

“But I’m also aware that here it’s tougher. He likes the conditions more here than in Madrid, for sure. Best of five is also different story.

“I think also a good thing is that I faced him already twice here.”

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Dominic Thiem has never won a Grand Slam

Nadal previews French Open final

Rafael Nadal admits he was “suffering” in his semi-final win over Juan Martin del Potro – but refused to let it show.

“I am in a positive way always on court,” Nadal said.

“Today in the first set, for example, I was not playing great, was suffering because he was playing better than me.

“I think, and I didn’t put not one bad face.

“I was just focused and try to hold the situation and just trying to be positive on every point, no?

“For me, the motivation to play here always is high, high as possible.

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Rafael Nadal’s sister Maria Isabel Nadal is expected to be in the crowd today

“But for me, every tournament, I believe that there is chances, limited chances in your career. So when I had the chances, I just tried to convert.

“Then you lose, you lose, but I gonna play with my highest passion and love for the game and for the sport to try to have success.

“I lost a lot of opportunities for injuries, and I know the years are going quick (smiling).

“So there is not 10 more chances to keep playing here.

“So I just enjoy the fact that I am here again.”

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Rafael Nadal has muscled his way into the French Open final

Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem head to head

 has winning records over almost everyone in tennis and it’s the same versus Dominic Thiem.

However, Nadal’s W6 L3 record over Thiem suggests the Austrian has a 33 per cent chance of winning here.

These men have never met on a surface other than clay and Thiem won their last clash, in the Madrid Masters quarter-finals.

He also clipped victories in Buenos Aires in 2016 and the 2017 Rome Masters.

However, their only major meeting – at last year’s French Open – saw Nadal win 6-3 6-4 6-0 and cruise into the final.

Welcome

Hello and welcome to our LIVE coverage of Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem in the French Open final.

Nadal is the heavy favourite and many fans would love to see him claim an 11th Roland Garros crown.

But Thiem has his supporters too and the 24-year-old is hoping to clinch a first Grand Slam title in his debut major final.

It promises to be a thrilling match in Paris and you can follow the whole game with Express Sport.



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