Men's final 8 a.m. Sunday, Ch. 11
Top-seeded Rafael Nadal will face seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem in an attempt to make it 11-for-11 in French Open finals. If Nadal wins, he would equal Margaret Court's record for most singles titles at a single major tournament (Court won hers at the Australian Open, bridging the amateur and professional eras). Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, is the only player to beat Nadal on clay over the past two seasons.
BY THE NUMBERS
110-2 Nadal's record in best-of-five-set matches on clay, 85-2 in Paris. Over the past two years, including best-of-three matches, the Spaniard is 49-2 at clay tournaments.
0 Grand Slam finals for Thiem before Sunday. He lost in the semifinals in Paris in 2016 (to Novak Djokovic) and in 2017 (to Nadal).
8 Thiem's world ranking.
6-3 Nadal's career record against Thiem.
2 Matches in Nadal's French Open career that have gone to five sets. Sixty-six wins have ended in three.
Nadal: "I have a very difficult match against a player that is playing great. I know I have to play my best if I want to have chances. The motivation to play here always is high, [as] high as possible. I'm going to play with my highest passion and love for the game, and for the sport, to try to have success."
Thiem: "He's a big favorite against everybody. Still, I know how to play against him. I have a plan."
Gunter Bresnik (Thiem's coach): "[Nadal] is, for me, the best competitor I ever saw in any sport, and I watch sport a lot for many, many years."