Editor’s Note: But for the COVID-19 pandemic, Roland Garros would now be underway. During the next 2 weeks ATPTour com will review remarkable matches and happenings at the clay-court Grand Slam, which competition organisers are now intending to phase inSeptember This story was initially released on 9 June 2019.
In simply more than 24 hours at 2019 Roland Garros, Dominic Thiem experienced the largest series of feelings possible.
On Saturday, the 25- year-old finished an impressive five-set triumph versus WorldNo 1 Novak Djokovic to end up being the very first Austrian to reach several Grand Slam finals. But on Sunday, after winning the 2nd set of the champion match versus now 12- time champ Rafael Nadal– the only set he has actually won in Paris versus the Spaniard– the 4th seed handled to win simply 2 video games in the final 2 sets integrated en path to a defeat.
“I just came from heaven to hell,” Thiem informed NBC’s John McEnroe after the prize event. “But it’s tough right now because you have to beat seven good players to win this tournament and towards the end you have to beat one or two legends with 15-plus Grand Slams and if you’re not 100 per cent in every department, you’re not going to make it.”
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After dropping an embeded in each of his very first 3 matches this fortnight, Thiem discovered his rhythm, beating previous WorldNo 6 Gael Monfils and after that Russian Karen Khachanov, who will reach a career-high WorldNo 9 Monday, without losing more than 4 video games in a set. Then he raised his level a lot more to oustDjokovic But Nadal still stood in between the Austrian and the Coupe des Mousquetaires.
“That’s a unique and also brutal thing, I guess, in our sport, in tennis, that I won six amazing matches. I beat yesterday one of the biggest legends of our game. Not even 24 hours later, I have to step on court against another amazing legend of our game, against the best clay-court player of all time,” Thiem stated. “That also shows how difficult nowadays it is to win a Grand Slam. That’s what I meant yesterday. I was feeling so happy, with such a good win, and today, of course, I lost. I failed to make my biggest dream in my tennis life come true, so I don’t feel that good like yesterday.”
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There’s no doubt that Thiem delighted in a stunning perform at RolandGarros His semi-final triumph was a roller rollercoaster in itself, as Thiem let slip 2 match points on his serve at 5-3 in the 5th set versus Djokovic, prior to settling to end the Serbian’s 26- match significant winning streak and stop the front runner’s imagine recording a 4th successive Slam.
That was the WorldNo 4’s 3rd straight day of action, and his match versus Nadal was his 4th in a row. But Thiem was determined that he lost versus Nadal since the famous lefty was just the much better gamer.
“It was a Grand Slam final, so I didn’t really feel tired, but of course it’s going to leave some traces, all these past four days and all the long tournament,” Thiem informed McEnroe. “But yeah, I played against a guy who’s won this tournament 12 times, so that’s not the reason why I lost.”
Thiem was closer than he’s ever protested Nadal at Roland Garros, trading blow for blow with the 33- year-old through 2 sets. In their 3 previous FedEx ATP He ad2He advertisement conferences on the Parisian terre battue, Thiem had actually not won more than 4 video games in a set. But all it took Sunday was one slip– in this case a careless service video game to open the 3rd set– for Nadal to capitalise.
” I closed [the second set] out 7-5 and after that I dropped in my video game for some factor. It’s not that bad versus some other people,” Thiem stated on NBC. “But Rafa stepped on me and that’s why he’s too good.”
This does not remove from Thiem’s strong year, however. He won his maiden ATP Masters 1000 title at the BNP Paribas Open, and beat Nadal en path to declaring the Barcelona Open Banc Sabadell prize. Thiem leaves Paris in 4th location in the ATP Race To London.
“I had, until now, my best year for sure. I have won Indian Wells, Barcelona, finals again here. Even though I didn’t win the tournament, still, two years finals in a row, it’s nice. I think that I developed my game. I was also closer than last year in the finals, I have the feeling, I mean, especially in the first two sets,” Thiem stated. “So I’m on the proper way. And I stopped working today, however my objective and my dream is still to win this competition or to win a Grand Slam competition. I will attempt my finest next year once again.
“I gave everything I had in these two weeks. That’s all what I could do. Was not enough at the end, but I went very far.”