2019 ATP French Open Final Betting Preview: Can Dominic Thiem Snap Rafael Nadal’s Streak?

Jun 09, 2019 11:00 PM EDT
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Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports. Pictured: Rafael Nadal during the 2019 French Open at Roland Garros.

  • ATP French Open singles wrap on Sunday morning with the finals getting underway at 9 a.m. ET.
  • Daniel Scotti breaks down who he likes between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.

2019 ATP French Open Final

Matchup: Rafael Nadal vs. Dominic Thiem
Line: Nadal -440 | O/U: 15.5
Time: 9 a.m. ET on NBC

After needing over 24 hours to complete the second men’s semifinal match at Roland Garros, we finally have our championship matchup settled in Paris — and it’s none other than the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, and perhaps the Prince of Clay, Dominic Thiem, which is the final I expected from before the tournament.

The Matchup

Rafa comes into this one on his typical French Open form, dropping just one set en route to the final — and most likely, as he’s known to do, he has saved his best for last on Chatrier Sunday. Thiem, on the other hand, enters this match with a bit of an up and down (or should I say down and up) performance in Paris.

After dropping a set in his first three matches (and coming close to dropping a second against Tommy Paul), Thiem responded in the second week dispatching two on-form versions of Gael Monfils and Karen Khachanov in straight sets. Things came to a head for Thiem in the semifinals — when he took out World No. 1 Novak Djokovic for a second time in three years at Roland Garros — and ended any prospect of another “Nole Slam” happening this season.

But, for me, the result (or match, itself) was not as impressive as it was for those people who only saw the scoreline.

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