Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem Live

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Rafael Nadal will face Austrian youngster Dominic Thiem in the second round of the French Open at the Roland Garros in Paris.


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Top seed Nadal has hardly put a foot wrong to start his defence of the French Open title as he overcame Robby Ginepri 6-0, 6-3, 6-0 on Monday. The rain on Monday played into the seasoned Spaniards hands as he took advantage of the slow and damp conditions to inflict a painful defeat on Ginepri.


Nadal has only lost one out of his last 10 matches on clay and that loss came against world number 2 Novak Djokovic at Madrid.


Thiem meanwhile, trumped Paul-Henri Mathieu in straight sets in the first round although things were not as straightforward as he would have liked. The Austrian, who happens to be the youngest player in the top 100 of the ATP World Tour currently, had to win a tie breaker for the second set against Mathieu although he did make little work of the Frenchman in the last set which he took 6-2.


Thiem has won seven out of his last 10 matches on clay with one notable win over Stanislas Wawrinka. The Austrian overcame a first set loss to defeat the Swiss Wawrinka 1-6, 6-2, 6-4 at Madrid.


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Defending champion Rafael Nadal has not faced Thiem before and this could be an interesting match to witness with the youth of Thiem certainly appearing as quite a romantic factor for the neutrals.


Tags: Dominic Thiem, Roland Garros, French Open, Rafael Nadal
Posted: 29th May 2014

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