French Open 2018 men's final: Rafael Nadal vs. Dominic Thiem live updates, scores, highlights

Rafael Nadal is set to play for his 17th grand slam tournament title. 

The 32-year-old Spaniard takes on 24-year-old Austrian Dominic Thiem, who’ll be playing in his first career major final. Quite simply, Nadal is the greatest player ever to grace the courts at the French Open, having won the tournament a record 10 times, including victories since 2013. A victory Sunday would give Thiem his first career title. The two aren’t strangers. Nadal and Thiem have played nine times, all on clay, with elder winning six times. However, Thiem won the last meeting between the two defeating Nadal in the quarterfinals in Madrid last year. 

FRENCH OPEN 2018: Results, schedule, how to watch live at Roland Garros 

Stay tuned to this page to keep with every meaningnful moment from the match. 

French Open 2018 men’s final: TV info, live streaming

The match begins Sunday  at 9 a.m. ET. It will be broadcasted live on NBC. NBC Sports Live  and fuboTV (free 7-day trial) will stream the action from Roland Garros. 

French Open 2018 men’s final matchup

Top-ranked Nadal has exhibited the brilliance tennis fans have come to expect from him on the path to yet another French Open final. He’s dropped just one set and downed a pair of ranked opponents, No. 11 Diego No. 5 Schwarzman (quarterfinals) and Juan Martin del Potro (semifinals). Thiem, ranked No. 7 in the world, upset second-ranked German Alexander Zverev, winning in straight sets to advance to the final. 

French Open 2018 men’s final: Live updates, highlights

Scroll down to see live updates and highlights. 

Second set 

11:04 p.m.—Nadal is smelling blood as he takes the second set 6-3 and needs just one more to close out his 11th French Open title. 

10:56 p.m.—Despite winning a 16-stroke rally to earn his break-point chance of the set, Thiem can’t crack Nadal’s serve and the 10-time French Open champion goes up 5-2. 

10:20 a.m.—Thiem finds himself down 2-0 to start the second set after a crucial double-fault leads to his serve being broke during a long, hard-fought game that included four deuces. 

First set 

10:10 a.m.—Nadal takes the first set 6-4 after Thiem loses four-straight points on his serve. Nadal won 76 percent of his first-serve points compared to 58 for Thiem. Thiem also committed six more errors (18) than Nadal (12). 

9:52 a.m.—Thiem fights off to break points and wins a game that lasts more than 13 minutes to hold serve and knot the match at 3-3. 

9:26 a.m.—Thiem shows life, earning a break point and capitilzing on it by ripping a run-around forehand down the line to get back in the set, trailing 2-1. 

9:20 a.m.—Thiem is already beginning to crack under the pressure against Nadal, losing eight of the first nine points, including back-to-back errors in his first service game. The youngster trails 2-0 out the gate. 

Share if you enjoyed this post!

Source link