The King of Clay, Rafael Nadal, battles one of his top rivals on Sunday, June 9 in the French Open Finals. Rafael Nadal dispatched of Roger Federer in the French Open Semifinals on Friday. Now, he takes on Dominic Thiem. Check out 2019 French Open Men’s Finals odds, analysis, and a free pick for the gargantuan match between Nadal and Thiem!
2019 French Open Men’s Final Nadal vs Thiem Odds, Preview & Prediction
- When: Sunday, June 9 at 9:00am ET
- Where: Roland-Garros, Paris, France
- TV: FS1
- 2019 French Open Men’s Finals Odds: Dominic Thiem +351 / Rafael Nadal -555
It didn’t take long for Rafael Nadal to dispose of Roger Federer on Friday. Nadal beat Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2. That’s not the only reason to like Nadal, or why he’s favored to beat Thiem on Sunday.
Rafael Nadal is the greatest tennis player on clay the sport has ever seen. The King of Clay has won the French Open an amazing 11 times. He’s won the last two French Opens in 2017 and 2018. His service games won on clay is an amazing 85%. Nadal is virtually unbeatable on his favorite surface, which will make Dominic Thiem’s job on Sunday incredibly difficult.
Thiem battled the best player in men’s tennis on Friday and into Saturday. An underdog versus Novak Djokovic, Thiem dispatched of his rival after a hard fought 5 sets: 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5.
Thiem had Djokovic dead to rights in the final set. He went up 5-1. But, Djokovic fought back to even the set at 5-5 before Thiem finally settled down to secure the last couple of games. He’s most definitely on a roll after beating Gael Monfils, Karen Khachanov, and now Djokovic.
Not only that, but he’s had some success versus Rafael Nadal. Dominic has even had some success against Nadal on clay. Rafa has the 8 to 4 head-to-head lead. He’s only 7-4 against Thiem on clay. Sounds crazy, but Thiem is probably a tougher opponent on the King of Clay’s preferred surface than Novak Djokovic.
Unfortunately for Thiem, Sunday’s match comes with a twist. Dominic had to play on Saturday after his battle with Djokovic was suspended on Friday due to rain. Thiem must not only beat the greatest tennis player to ever step onto a clay court at the most famous clay court championship in the sport. He must do so after battling the world’s number one across two days and five sets.
That’s just too much to overcome. Nadal wins on Sunday.
2019 French Open Men’s Finals Betting Pick: Rafael Nadal