At Roland Garros (French Open) this year, Rafael Nadal just lost 1 set (before David Goffin in round 3) on the journey to the final. Even no player, including Roger Federer, forced “clay court king” to beat tie-break on his knack.
Dominic Thiem, No. 4 seed just beat world number one Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals. However, the second-long game (postponed due to the weather) probably affected the physical and mental strength of the Austrian player, making it impossible for him to create another surprise when he reached the final confront Nadal.
In the first two sets, Nadal was the one who lost to the previous game. He won the first set with a score of 6-3 after regaining 2 break points, but lost 5-7 in the 2nd set because he lost the break the game decided. However, Thiem went down in the next 2 sets when losing to the game early and failed with the same score 1-6.