The Austrian is widely considered as the best player on the dirt after the King of Clay, and he proved his strengths on this surface after beating Novak Djokovic during an extremely complicated semifinal.
However, Dominic couldn’t do much against Nadal to lose the final in 4 sets 3-6 7-5 6-1 6-1.
Wilander about why Thiem lost to Nadal
After the match, the 3-times French Open champion Mats Wilander explained his view on why Dominic Thiem lost to Nadal to say
“The first two sets were insane. It lived up to expectations which, to me, were by far the best two sets of the men’s tournament over the two weeks.
It was crucial for Thiem to get a good start. After the second set, I thought the momentum was with Thiem and somehow Nadal just grabbed it out of his hands. Maybe the bathroom break helped, but there was a big difference in the third set.
I think Thiem ran out of steam in the third set, he just relaxed a little bit and lost his intensity. Maybe he was just happy to have won a set in a Grand Slam final, and he lost the creativity that he had in the first two sets.”