Congrats to Thiem for defeating Djokovic 7-6(5), 6-3, 6-0 in the French Open quarterfinals today. It’s been a long time coming and I’m very happy for him. He’s probably been the second best clay court player after Nadal this season so he deserves it.
He was the better player on the day. Simple as that. I started hyping Thiem up on this blog before he won his first tournament and it is nice to see how he developed over time. I’m more excited about Zverev’s future now but Thiem will probably win a French Open at some point.
I don’t think it’s happening this year, though. Nadal has been the favorite since the beginning and he still is. Even if Djokovic had won today Nadal would still have been the favorite, but today showed once again how important momentum is.
Thiem has won more during the clay court season than Djokovic and today it paid off. Nadal won the most since Monte Carlo and although Stan can come out of nowhere and play unbelievable tennis I don’t think even him at his best can stop Nadal.
It’s a tougher matchup for Stan than Djokovic is for instance. Nadal’s forehand goes cross-court to Stan’s one-handed backhand and although it is a great shot I’m not sure it can handle the spin and bounce of Nadal’s forehand on clay all that well.
— Roland-Garros (@rolandgarros) June 7, 2017
If Nadal defeats Thiem then I hope for a Stan vs Nadal final anyway. I don’t think Murray, who defeated Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6(7), 6-1 today, would stand much of a chance against Nadal. But you never know, and Murray has done well to pull himself together for the French Open with the lack of momentum coming into the event.
As for Thiem, he trails the head-to-head with Nadal 2-4 and actually has two wins on clay over Nadal so I am just hoping for a competitive match.
Nadal crushed everyone so far and today Busta withdrew after trailing 2-6, 0-2. I was obviously disappointed when my favorite Djokovic lost today but there is plenty of good tennis left. Last year Murray defeated Stan in the semis in four sets.
This year Stan will be looking to turn that result around. Stan has been in blistering form himself in Paris and crushed Cilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-1 today. He hasn’t dropped a set himself but Nadal has dropped way fewer games.
Nadal just looks destined to win La Decima #nojinx 😉
Who will win Nadal vs Thiem?
- Nadal in 4 (33%, 35 Votes)
- Thiem in 4 (22%, 23 Votes)
- Nadal in 3 (20%, 21 Votes)
- Thiem in 5 (15%, 16 Votes)
- Nadal in 5 (10%, 11 Votes)
- Thiem in 3 (0%, 0 Votes)
Total Voters: 106
Who will win Murray vs Wawrinka?
- Wawrinka in 4 (50%, 47 Votes)
- Wawrinka in 3 (16%, 15 Votes)
- Wawrinka in 5 (14%, 13 Votes)
- Murray in 4 (12%, 11 Votes)
- Murray in 5 (6%, 6 Votes)
- Murray in 3 (2%, 2 Votes)
Total Voters: 94