The World No. 1 has a decent record against everyone in the list but that intense rivalry with Nadal really resets itself when it comes to the terre battue. But there is a score to settle with his ignominious 2020 so far. The Adria tour, the PTPA distraction, the default at the US Open should drive him to cause the ultimate upset.
The defending champion usually comes very much into his own when he gets to Roland Garros, and his wheelhouse now has a roof!
Nadal’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R1: Egor Gerasimov | First Meeting
R2: Mackenzie McDonald | First Meeting
R3: Dan Evans  | H2H: Nadal leads 2-0
R4: Fabio Fognini  | H2H: Nadal leads 12-4
QF: Alexander Zverev  | H2H: Nadal leads 5-1
SF: Dominic Thiem  | H2H: Nadal leads 9-5
F: Novak Djokovic  | H2H: Djokovic leads 29-26
On paper it looks like a cakewalk based on head-to-heads but there are some challenging opponents especially if they have a little bit of confidence. This year’s US Open finalist and champion one after the other, before the World No. 1 means No. 13 will have to be earned.
Thiem finally joined the ranks of the Slam champions with a gritty come-back from two sets down and to win in the final set tie-break.
Thiem’s Path to the Final (Ranking/Seeding)
R1: Marin Cilic | H2H: Thiem leads 3-0
R2: Reilly Opelka | H2H: Thiem leads 1-0
R3: Casper Ruud  | First Meeting
R4: Stan Wawrinka  | H2H: Wawrinka leads 3-1
QF: Gael Monfils  | H2H: Thiem leads 6-0
SF: Rafael Nadal  | H2H: Nadal leads 9-5
F: Novak Djokovic  | H2H: Djokovic leads 7-4
Can Thiem make it back to back Slam finals? His first wrinkle comes in the form of Stan Wawrinka, but in reality we should see him in the last four, but he will have to get past Nadal in his court, and then Djokovic, which is a tall ask coming off the back of an injury at the end of the US Open.
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