2019 French Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem
by Staff | June 9th, 2019, 4:32 am
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In a rematch of the 2018 final, Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem tangle in the French Open final. Nadal is seeking his 12th career French Open title along with an 18th Grand Slam, first in a year.

Thiem is trying to back up his big win over Novak Djokovic and take down Nadal to win his first Grand Slam.

The 25-year-old Australian has four wins over the King of Clay but never in best-of-5.

Nadal is an incredible 92-2 at the French losing and he’s never lost one he makes the last four (23-0).

ITF NOTES
NO. 2 RAFAEL NADAL (ESP) v NO. 4 DOMINIC THIEM (AUT)

Head-to-head: Nadal leads 8-4

A 13th career meeting for the pair and their 5th at a Grand Slam. Nadal has won all 4 of their meetings at the Grand Slams – including winning their 3 meetings at Roland Garros in straight sets.

The pair are meeting in a Tour-level final for the 4th time. In addition to their meeting in the final here last year, they also contested the finals at both Barcelona and Madrid-1000 in 2017. Nadal has won all 3 of their previous meetings in tournament finals in straight sets. All 4 of Thiem’s victories against Nadal have come on clay – he is 2nd on the list for most clay court match-wins against Nadal, behind Djokovic, who has recorded 7 clay court match-wins against Nadal.

* NADAL is bidding to become the first player in history to win 12 singles titles at any Grand Slam event. His victory against today’s opponent in the final here in 2018 took his total of Roland Garros titles to 11, equalling Margaret Court’s record of most singles titles at the same Grand Slam tournament.

* Nadal is bidding to become the 2nd player in the Open Era to win 12 singles titles at any Tour-level event, after Martina Navratilova, who won 12 singles titles at Chicago between 1978 and 1992.

* Nadal is also bidding to further extend his record for the most men’s singles Grand Slam titles at any one event.

* THIEM is bidding to become the 150th Grand Slam men’s singles champion in history. Marin Cilic, the most recent first-time major winner, became the 149th different man to win a Grand Slam title at the 2014 US Open.

* Thiem is bidding to become the 2nd Austrian player – man or woman – in history to win a Grand Slam title. 1995 Roland Garros champion Thomas Muster is the only Austrian player to win a Grand Slam title.

* At 25 years 279 days, Thiem is bidding to become the youngest Roland Garros champion since today’s opponent (25 years 2 days) in 2011.

SUNDAY FRENCH OPEN SCHEDULE
Court Philippe CHATRIER Début à 11h30
Yingying DUAN (CHN)/Saisai ZHENG (CHN) v Timea BABOS (HUN)/Kristina MLADENOVIC (FRA) [2]

Pas avant 15h00
Dominic THIEM (AUT)[4] contre Rafael NADAL (ESP) [2]

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99 Comments for 2019 French Open Men’s Final Open Thread: Rafael Nadal v Dominic Thiem

skeezer Says:

Thiem’s legs look heavy already ;(. Looks like his previous match did take its toll, Hopefully he can shake it off.


skeezer Says:

Thiem!


jatin Says:

Two Gladiators fighting with full flight.
Loving the match so far.
Thiem is playing with insane level.


Van Persie Says:

wow. what a battle. how long can Thiem keep it up?


FedExpress Says:

Why the umpirde didnt call a time violation so far is beyond me? Nadal took ages between 1st and 2nd serve


FedExpress Says:

First the schedling now the thede time wasting

a joke of a tournament


Daniel Says:

With Nadal if you have BP and doesn’t convert you got broken next game. Thiem was winning more points in Nadal’s game, to me he lacks the FH going for the lines and inside out.

Nadal serving for the set and match over.


van orten Says:

Game set match nadal .. good umpiring by the way …


Daniel Says:

But it was a quality set.


tennismonger Says:

Unreal, Rafa is barely allowing Thiem to redline the way he likes.

Rafa is literally snuffing him out…

I was hoping Thiem would have a little more spring in those young legs, but that’s a pretty big ask considering his lsat few days.


skeezer Says:

Don’t know what is going to happen here, but if they continue to play like this with these long games and long points Thiem is not the only one who is going to feel it in his legs…..

FE,
What else is new?


Daniel Says:

Thiem missing FHs and return, what he was not early on.

Thiem broke and made 3-2 serve and didn’t win a game after it.


van orten Says:

I love the time wasting between the points Rafa .. makes it even more fun to watch the final ..


skeezer Says:

Shame. Thiem out of gas for now. How many losses are attributed to the loser in a final who gets unequaled rest? Wish they would change that, as it takes away from the “supposed” biggest match of the tournaments.


skeezer Says:

Yeah I am turning this off already. Got better things to do than to watch one guy gassed and watch the other guy abuse the rules.
#yardwork


Daniel Says:

This is what he had to do in first set, unleash his FH inside out and more flat. Just trying to spin deep in center won’t cope. He is also serving more accuracy this set.

If he wants to win a set he has to be aggressive, specially on this slow courts.


Daniel Says:

Thiem missing long on returns and shots he wasn’t in 1st. Looks the 4 days ate taking its tool. Let’s see how long he avoids getting broken this ser, because he is not threatening Nadal anymore on return.


Daniel Says:

4-3 Thiem. At least the points are shorter this set and none had BP, so if they keep this up it will be decided in a detail later on or tiebreak


Daniel Says:

Nadal didn’t miss a single second serve return while Thiem missed several. That’s the difference of his commitment. He doesn’t give you any free points on clay


Daniel Says:

At least he made his game to love with 3 2nd serves.

Nadal to serve under real pressure for the second time this tourney, the other was against Goffin 4-5 and he lost the set.


Daniel Says:

Thiem at least guarantees tiebreak. One last shot to try breaking and close the set.


FedExpress Says:

Bamos

2nd set Thiem


jatin Says:

RIDICULOUS from Thiem. What an effort. It’s going to be a long match now.


Anto Says:

Thiem takes the second set helped by a sloppy game from Nadal. Now Thiem will have more confidence and we will get a very good third set.


Daniel Says:

Nadal cracking under pressure with 3 UE and Thiem adjust his return inside court to lose set 5-7.

Thiem has to keep the serve and short points going DTL and wait his chances. Hold his games as he will serve first. Win the opening game is crucial.


Daniel Says:

Classic let down after winning a tense set. That’s where experience gota in. Losing to love awful game


FedExpress Says:

And then gets broken to love at the start of the 3rd set


Anto Says:

Thiem gifting a break to start the 3rd set.


Daniel Says:

10 pts and Thiem doesn’t win a point😱


Daniel Says:

Thiem is choosing wrong sides and even on passing shots instead of going crosscourt he goes DTL. 3-0 and serve Nadal. Set gone.
Thiem just needs to find his rhytm on serve and start thinking on set 4.


Daniel Says:

Massacre, and he will serve 2nd 4th set. Can he push a fifth? Doubt it. He will have to hit the zone, stop missing and Nadal miss a bit.


FedExpress Says:

Thank you RG for screwing Thiem without a day rest


Madmax Says:

It’s such a predictable scenario, making the FO such a boring tournament. Smash it.

Come on Thiem – though the Gods are against you. Give it some unpredictability.


Polo Says:

I don’t remember the last guy who won a major after a long gruelling semifinal with no benefit of a full 24 + hour of rest against a player who has had a full rest before the match. The only way Thiem can have a chance against Nadal is if he had an equal amount of rest. Tough enough to beat him on equal grounds but to give him an edge especially in the stamina department is to give Nadal the trophy. A dozen French Open titles is most befitting for a guy called the King of Clay.


Daniel Says:

Thiem had a FH on BP and went to nadal FH instead of going to his BH that he had missed priorly. Stupid shot selection. Now Nadal held and will break


Daniel Says:

Hate being right. Its better to not have BP against Nadal and not break. Always he breaks next game. Amazing.

Thank god this is the last set on clay this year.


Polo Says:

I don’t know if anybody realistically gave Thiem any chance to win against Nadal after that semifinal against Djokovic. Even Djokovic would have been at a disadvantage after that 2-day match.


van orten Says:

The stars are almost always aligned in nadals favor… nothing you can do .. he will most likely finish with even more titles there .. what a boring grand slam Roland garros has become .. totally predictable scenario… at least in Wimbledon he cannot run everything down . What a machine on clay ..


Polo Says:

I know there are enough Nadal fans who are not bored by this. Just watch for the greatness. You’ll never see anything like him on clay ever again.


van orten Says:

I really hope there won’t be another clay player like him ever again hahaha


jatin Says:

It’s almost Impossible to beat Rafa on French open. He is just something else on this surface.
I mean what you can possibly do against this guy.


Madmax Says:

No one disputes that Polo. But let’s see, Nadal played on Tuesday, 2 days rest, then Friday, a day plus rest. Thiem has played 4 days on the trot, no rest. Hardly equal, but you have to give it to Nadal – no one can out play him on clay, and if they did, it was because he was having an off day.

But I agree with you Polo, that things should be equal. but, as we say, it is all swings and roundabouts, Thiem, one day, will turn the tables into his favour. He is on the rise.

And think, when Nadal wins today, Wimbledon and the USOpen, he will draw with Fed, 20 slams a piece.

Fantastic! All fans will be happy then!

Viva la france!


Van Persie Says:

Polo,

of course no chance for Thiem to win this match.
I have no problem with Rafa winning this. MAYBE he would have beaten Thiem tomorrow as well.
For my part, there were a lot of comments how lucky was Nole last year. Had they play without roof, Rafa would have won… bla bla.
This GS will be won with the same amount of luck, if not more!


Madmax Says:

Jatin,

It is what is going on in the head. It is a defeat before they walk on the court. it is the head that needs the work, not the body, nor the skill. The head. The mindset.


Polo Says:

van orten, I know you’re being funny but that was funny. 😂


van orten Says:

I want Federer to meet nadal at Wimbledon this year .. should be a fun match


Polo Says:

Van Persie. Luck is not a bad thing to have and not a shame to be blessed with. But luck without the ability is useless. Nobody can say Nadal is lacking in the ability department. I think when people talk about luck at the French, it’s more of a wish for Nadal’s opponent.


jatin Says:

Yes madmax, I agree the mindset is very important.
But what Rafa does on this court is unearthly.


FedExpress Says:

Take Rafas fav slam out and he has only 6 slams (already his 12th GS included)

Novak without AO has 8 GS

Federer without Wimbledon 12

Says a lot.


Daniel Says:

4-1. End.

Congrats Nadal on #12 and 18, just 2 shy of Federer. He was never this close before.

Curious to see how he will fare Wimby and USO after wedding.

Thiem at least won a ser and valliant effort after being damage by schedule and weather. Future RG winner for sure if stays injury free. Eventually Nadal’s dominance will end.


Van Persie Says:

Polo,

My point. If you are blessed with the abilities, then a bit of a chance ckmes with that. Nole has not the ability to be more lucky at the French, Rafa has this problem with AO and Wimby.


van orten Says:

So now for 10 months knee talk awaiting all tennis fans .. till the clay season 2020 …


jatin Says:

Congratulations Rafa and his fans..
What a victory. What a LEGEND.
18th slam. Tooo Good.


jatin Says:

So happy to see Rafa winning again. A true LEGEND of the game.


Polo Says:

Each of these Big 3 seems to have one major event as his bete noire. Federer’s and Djokovic is the French and Nadal’s is the Australian.


jatin Says:

Great effort by Thiem again. Maybe next time.


Polo Says:

Need I say anything!


Van Persie Says:

Congrats to Rafa and his fans!
Unbelievable achievement.

Congrats to Dom aswell, he had such a good run at this tournament. He will win the French once for sure.


Giles Says:

Well done Champ!
TWELVE!!
Unbelievable!


Madmax Says:

Hey Oki and Willow – I hope you enjoy your celebrations guys – you are missed around here. Good luck and enjoy the champagne. See you hopefully for Wimbledon.

X

Congratulations to Rafael Nadal. Amazing performance as always on clay.

Thiem, you gave it what you could and hopefully one day, you will hold a trophy – could very well be Wimbledon – I would not be surprised!

Man, the FO is done. Over. Next time, no windy conditions, and a roof.

Onto grass.

X


Van orten Says:

They should rename the slam to “Rafael Nadal”


Madmax Says:

This is wonderful of Rafa to say this in his speech.

Rafael Nadal speaks! “The first thing I want to say is congrats to Dominic. I feel sorry because he deserves it here too and I hope he wins here in the future. He is a very hard worker. I want to wish him all the best for the future. It is incredible. I can’t explain what I have achieved and how I feel. It was a dream to play here for the first time in 2005. I never thought in 2019 I’d still be here. It’s an incredible moment and very special for me.”

Take a step back. Awesome, really awesome guy and I mean that. He was a boy in 2005, really. And now, a man.

Amazing.

Go in peace Rafa. Peace.


Madmax Says:

Ten straight major titles have now been won by Nadal, Djokovic and Federer.

Think about it everyone.

How long have the new generation been ‘knocking at the door?’ The old guys are still smashing it!


Madmax Says:

This is what one of the commentators said:

It goes down as a great tournament for Dominic Thiem. There’s no shame in going down to Rafael Nadal here – and who knows, perhaps Thiem would have managed to prolong the contest if he hadn’t been playing for the fourth day in a row. The schedule really didn’t help him out. But beating Novak Djokovic was one hell of an achievement. If he can find a way of avoiding Nadal you feel he’s bound to win this tournament one day.

Couldn’t have said it better myself!


Vk Says:

Lets try surfaces
Roger without hard has 9
Rafa without hard has 14
Novak without hard has 5

Definitely says a lot🤣🤣


Polo Says:

Agree, Madmax. And how many generations of tennis players have these three wasted already? If you add Murray and Wawrinka who belong to the Big 3s generation (Federer is actually an overstaying senior citizen because he is really a generation ahead of the others in this group), the subsequent generations never really had the chance.


Madmax Says:

Vk a bit thwarted with the stats. Most of Rafa’s wins have come on clay – and let’s face it, he does not play so well on hard, but please – let’s not get into the stats. It’s Rafa’s day and his gorgeous fans, save for Giles, who disgraces the circuit.

Happy days to the rest of you!

Rafa has every chance to overtake Roger in the slam count, but Roger will always be the No. 1 best player for me. Does not matter. No one like him. No one like Rafa either.

Blessed.


Okiegall Says:

@Jatin…… a big THANKS!


Giles Says:

Madmax. I’m too happy to retaliate to your nastiness. Except to say STFU!


Freddy Says:

Thiem was on the court for the fourth day in a row, Nadal for the third time in a week. After the second set, Thiem was knackered. The concept of sporting fairness is obviously foreign to the organisers of the French Open. Definitely Nadal’s least deserved victory ever. Top players should boycott such masquerades.


Van orten Says:

Mad max maybe in 5 weeks it’s 21-18 ..


Madmax Says:

Hej Giles, it’s not nasty at all. There will never be an occasion, where you will be complimented as a rafa fan when all you do is troll roger – that’s all you do. So, really, STFU yourself. Crybaby. You are a black mark on the holy grail of Rafa fans. You do nothing except bring everyone else’s achievements down – I feel sorry for you Giles and I pray for you. There will be a few others here who connect with your trolling – but you bring it on yourself all the ‘cakewalks’ Fed has had, or the ‘rest days’, I see you remain silent when you know the truth, someone criticises you and you cannot take it. Grow up Giles.

Polo,

I hear you, but what do you think about this: Rafa has played in the same gen/half of the same gen himself, he has played Agassi, Hewitt, Nalbandian, Safin, and so, many of the players which are defined as of Fed’s generation, Rafa has been right there in the mix.


Madmax Says:

VO!

Van orten Says:
Mad max maybe in 5 weeks it’s 21-18 ..

June 9th, 2019 at 12:42 pm

Imagine that! You know, over the years – this greatness argument has become less and less for me. It doesn’t matter. I recognise how wonderfully lucky we are. Give it 2 more years maximum, I cannot see Federer being out on the circuit, but then that’s my opinion. I think he has given me so much pleasure watching him play live, around the world – I have had that dream realised, and we know the stats, we know all the crazy stats, never to have withdrawn from a tournament in over 20 years, no one matches him.

But today, I truly do congratulate the Rafa fans, willow and Oki in particular – as we have history here – Giles can go take a run and jump. That’s for sure.

21:18 sounds good – but let’s see because Fed clearly still wants to be at the top of his game, and we all say that grass is his thing, but I also remember Wimbledon 2008 – and that match – it was a WOWee match -and who knows VP

Today, it is Vamos Rafa!


Polo Says:

Madmax, the more I watch Rafa, the more I get drawn to read about him. Federer is great, maybe even be the GOAT (people, calm down) at this time in their careers (that includes Djokovic) but that could change and who knows who will end up with the most majors among these three. But Nadal is a phenomenon from the time he started. If you look at their accomplishments at any particular age, Nadal’s to me is the most impressive. He was the NextGen during Federer’s time but this is a NextGen who delivered.


Daniel Says:

Saw Stutgart draw and Federer is not on it, Zverev Jr top seed.
Guess the deep run in Paris was enough. Back for Halle.


Giles Says:

https://twitter.com/tennismedia_/status/1137771539645026304?s=21 Some new perspective on the grand slam count. Fedfans read and digest.


Giles Says:

Hey Madmax. Did you know the papers are saying Rafa roughed up Roger. How do you feel about that?


Daniel Says:

Please Giles, the guy has 12/18 66.66% of his slams in a single tournament and you try to talk about “fast surfaces”. Fed has 12 Slams outside his best, Djoko 8 and Nadal 6. This is what matters.

Fed has 11 finals in wimbledon; 7 AO; 7 USO and 5 RG. 12/19 63% ratio outside his best slam.

Djoko has 7 Finals in AO; 8 USO; 5 Wimbledon and 4 RG: 8/17 47% ratio outside his best slam.

Nadal has 12 finals in RG; 5 Wimbledon, 5 AO and 4 USO: 6/14 43% ratio outside his best slam.

Looks who had the worst record outside his best?! 🤔


Okiegal Says:

A big thanks to Jatin! Also to Madmax….very sweet kind words regarding the 12 time champion…….. an unbelievable achievement!!


Madmax Says:

Bless you Oki. All the best to you. I mean that.

Giles,
Giles Says:
Hey Madmax. Did you know the papers are saying Rafa roughed up Roger. How do you feel about that?

June 9th, 2019 at 1:33 pm

I feel great actually. Thank you. Crybaby. Put your big pants back on Giles and hang with the big guys here.

Daniel, we know. We know about the stats and we know how great Federer is, always will be the best.
Giles needs to go and see a psyche about his trolling of Fed. That is all s/he does, even though – she is fixated with Federer. Can only pray for her.

Great stats Daniel, cannot argue with facts – Giles can, because s/he is still in nappies.


Dave Says:

Nadal is actually ahead of Federer 18 to 17 if you parallel where Federer was at when he turned 33.


j-kath Says:

Well done Rafa – you really are the best clay player….one day Thiem will take over.


John Says:

I said a few days ago that Rafa is a beast,I don’t suppose I have to defend him anymore.The proof is in the pudding.However,you have to give Thiem credit.After playing a 5 set match against Novak the day before and then he has to play Rafa the following day is to much to ask of anyone.As long as Rafa wins that is all that matters!


Django Says:

I’m wondering how Thiem is going to win RG when he’s already 25 or 26? If Rafa plays two more years his day will pass. He’s hardly the Prince of Clay with no Masters Clay titles. How is he the presumptive heir?


Daniel Says:

Django,

With 2 straight semis follow by 2 straight finals losing to Nadal in 3 of thiis last 4 years, beating Djoko in 2 of the last 3 years is huge. He prevented Djoko from reaching finals twice. Djoko beat Nadal in 2015 but couldn’t be there in finals to meet him again after 2016 (year he won and Rafa withdraw injured R3). So yeah, right now, Thiem is the presumptive heir, even with no Masters on clay.

Look what having 2 Masters on clay did for Zverev Jr in RG? nada!

Tennis agee also changed, in the past 24-26 were the peak years, but we can safely say that now it is 26-29. Even DelPo reached USO semis last year almost 30. Wawa won most of his Slams after 29 and Cilic also reacehed 2 slams finals after 27, although he won at 24-25.

We have to be realistic, even with Nadal longevity (RG at 33 proves it) I doubt he could replicated Federer’s level at 35 plus due to his style. So, he has only and that is a big push 2 more shots at RG: at 34 and 35 till 2021.
Thiem will be 28 in RG 2022 and Nadal 36, perfect age for him to make his mark. Also, both Fed and Djoko won their RG at 29.

That assuming Nadal will have this same level and injury free for next 2 years. He is getting injured a lot and consistantly lately and RG was the place he had the least inlury dramas in this 16 years Spam.


Van Persie Says:

Next year there will be a roof at the French, so maybe Nole will have one shot and hirricanes will be avoided 😁

Thiem will win US Open or AO, before winning a French.


Django Says:

Maybe, I don’t see it yet. Novak did beat him in Madrid. So Prince is not consistent.
Who knows though. He could be the presumptive hard court Prince too?


Daniel Says:

2 RGS finals is big, only Soderling and Wawa have the same apart from Big 3 in this last 15 years. Before that, Kuerten, Ferrero and Corretja in recent years. Other clay specialists like Coria, Ferre and players who won only once like Gaudio, Moya, Costa don’t have 2. And he is still young.

Don’t know ref HC, but he is definitely a force on clay, last 4 years in RG and with victories over Nada on clay in all hose 4 years as well in other tourneys backs it.


Okiegal Says:

@Madmax……..At my age, I need all the blessings I can get….. thank you very much!


Van Persie Says:

Django,

I get your sarcasm. I am also surprised, that many tennis pundits are considering Dom 2nd nest player on clay. Do not understand why. Nole, Fed and Wawa had better results on clay till now. No master title on clay for Thiem. The 2 finals at the French are huge, but still…. he has still a lot to prove until he will earn yo be 2nd best on clay.

Why do I tell he may win UO or AO? I think hr is the most consistent from the young gen, with a bit of luck, he might do it. would be a bit ironoc too. No master title on clay for him, but he won IW this year!


Van Persie Says:

Nole has one RG title, 2 titles in Monte Carlo, 3 titles in Madrid, 4 titles in Rome, he beat Rafa at the French in 2015 (quarters), in 3 sets. This year: it was his consecutive QF played at the French. He is the second best player on clay, my pov. Thiem might do more, or he might not! Time will tell.


Van Persie Says:

Correction: This year: it was his 10th consecutive QF played at the French.


Van Persie Says:

One last thing, and I will stop mentioning Nole, as Rafa should be celebrated now.
This paradox with Nole: Clay was considered one of his fave surfaces, grass not so much, and yet he has 4 titles (5 finals) at Wimby! so you never know, Thiem might be more successful on hard than on clay in the future :)


Daniel Says:

VP,

Djoko is the second best clay courter by a mile, but right now, RG wise, Thiem has the upper hand.

His consistant results: Semis, Semis, Final and Final in last 4 years sums it up. And 3 of those 4 years he lost to Nadal and beat Djoko 2 of the last 3 there.

So assessing who has the highest chance to win RG other than Nadal and considering Nadal will be 34 next year, Djoko 33 and Thiem 26, I give the edge to Thiem.

I am not evaluating clay carrer, just the RG results lately. Thiem seems to peak right at RG, someghting Nadal also does to perfection.


Van Persie Says:

Daniel,

meant like the 2nd best clay player of the moment sounds more reasonnable, but still, title i Madrid, final in Rome and semis at the French, is much better then being RU at the French. Then 2 finals in a row at the French, it is amazing, but Thiem needed a 5 setter in order to beat Nole.We’ll see next year, the age will be on Thiem’s side for sure.


Czarlazar Says:

Many people say Thiem is the heir apparent to Nadal on clay. Possible but unlikely as long as Tsitsipas is playing: five years younger than Thiem, a better all around game, similar pace and consistency off both wings, mentally tougher and still improving. Thiem is the recent past but Tsitsipas is the future. The way he reacts to losses at such a young age has similarities with a young Nadal. Very focused, hungry and motivated to get to the top of the game — the most likely of the next gen to dominate after the Big Three are gone. And on all surfaces, unlike today’s “fiddler crab” King of Clay (aka, “King of Delay”).


George O Says:

Czarlazar…. Why on earth did you have to end your post with such obvious beef and hatred for nadal. Damn! Some of you are so bitter here. Celebrate the man! He just won a 12th Roland Farris title. That is all that matters and not your desire to mention how much of a one surface player he is which by the way is a stupid reasoning. Nadal is super great in clay doesn’t take away from the fact that he is a multi slam winner on hardcourt and grass too. I have a feeling you probably would have stopped watching tennis altogether if there was actually two slams played on clay surface as there is on hardcourt. Be grateful for that and celebrate the man instead of spewing hate and venom. Cheers!


Giles Says:

Czar likes fakers and cheaters. A bit more respect for the man who has just achieved an impossible feat wouldn’t go amiss!


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