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French Open 2019 men's final live scores, updates and commentary - Nadal beats Thiem to win 12th Roland Garros title

Live Tennis Staff in News 9 Jun 2019
  • Live scores, updates and commentary on Day 15 of the 2019 French Open, Sunday June 9
  • Nadal beats Thiem to win 12th Roland Garros title
Nadal faces Thiem for the French Open title today (PA Images)

Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 to win his 12th Roland Garros title. Live updates, scores and commentary from Day 15 at Roland Garros…

Key events
17:10 09 Jun

Rafael Nadal wins a 12th French Open title!

17:45 09 Jun

Rafael Nadal magnanimous in victory

17:44 09 Jun

French Open runner-up, Dominic Thiem

17:06 09 Jun

Nadal breaks, and will serve for the title!

16:59 09 Jun

Nadal holds for the 4-1 lead, two games away...

16:51 09 Jun

Thiem holds from 0-40, 1-3 in the fourth set

16:42 09 Jun

Nadal saves break points, and holds for 3-0

16:35 09 Jun

Nadal breaks! 6-3 5-7 6-1 2-0

16:30 09 Jun

Nadal saves break point, and holds to open the fourth set

16:23 09 Jun

Nadal breaks to take the third set 6-3 5-7 6-1

16:13 09 Jun

Nadal holds for a 4-0 lead in the third set

16:08 09 Jun

Nadal breaks again! 6-3 5-7 3-0

16:01 09 Jun

Nadal breaks to open the third set! 6-3 5-7 1-0

15:49 09 Jun

Thiem takes the second set! 3-6 7-5

15:46 09 Jun

Thiem holds to love 3-6 6-5

15:43 09 Jun

Nadal holds 6-3 5-5

15:40 09 Jun

Thiem holds to move within one game of the second set 4-6 5-4

15:34 09 Jun

Nadals finally drops a point on serve, but he holds easily 4-4

15:31 09 Jun

Thiem holds 4-3

15:28 09 Jun

Nadal holds to love again... 6-3 3-3

15:24 09 Jun

Stream the French Open final between Nadal and Thiem live

15:21 09 Jun

Nadal leads Thiem 6-3 2-2

15:15 09 Jun

Thiem holds 3-6 2-1

15:13 09 Jun

Nadal holds to love 6-3 1-1

15:09 09 Jun

Thiem holds to start the second set 3-6 1-0

15:03 09 Jun

Nadal takes the first set 6-3!

14:59 09 Jun

Nadal breaks and is serving for the first set 5-3

14:47 09 Jun

Nadal saves break point, and holds for 4-3

14:43 09 Jun

Nadal breaks back! 3-3

14:35 09 Jun

Thiem breaks to lead 3-2!

14:33 09 Jun

Thiem holds 2-2

14:23 09 Jun

Nadal comes through a tough game 2-1

14:19 09 Jun

Thiem holds 1-1

14:12 09 Jun

Nadal holds from 15-30 to open

14:06 09 Jun

The players are out!

13:34 09 Jun

Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem head-to-head

13:26 09 Jun

Dominic Thiem's road to the French Open final

13:19 09 Jun

Rafael Nadal's road to the final

13:06 09 Jun

Roland Garros Men's Final Live Blog: Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem

Live blog

17:10 09 Jun

Rafael Nadal wins a 12th French Open title!

RAFAEL NADAL WINS A 12TH FRENCH OPEN TITLE!

What a man! What a player! And what a brutal response after dropping that second set!

The King of Clay powers past Dominic Thiem 6-3 5-7 6-1 6-1 to win Roland Garros for the 12th time- his 18th Grand Slam title!

Rafa drops to the clay on match point, tears from the great man. Incredible achievement!
17:45 09 Jun

Rafael Nadal magnanimous in victory

'Dominic, sorry. You are one of the best examples that we have on tour. Very hard worker, always with a smile on your face. 

'...  Thanks for being that great inspiration for me & for a lot of small kids around the world. 

'Keep going. You will win this for sure', the 12-time champion said.
17:44 09 Jun

French Open runner-up, Dominic Thiem

"Very tough right now, because I gave everything I have these two weeks... Rafa, well done I'm very sad to lose, but you are such an amazing champion, such a legend of the sport"

"Amazing. 12 times here, unreal. ...I will try next year again for sure", Dominic Thiem.
17:06 09 Jun

Nadal breaks, and will serve for the title!

Thiem drives a forehand over the baseline to cough up another break point, and he JUST about saves it- a forehand volley clipping the net and falling over on Nadal's half...

Thiem isn't out of the woods yet- a tired backhand slice drops into the net to give Nadal another break point, and Rafa converts after a wilf forehand error from Thiem.

The King of Clay will serve for a 12th Roland Garros title!
16:59 09 Jun

Nadal holds for the 4-1 lead, two games away...

No hangovers from Nadal after convert that 0-40 lead, as he produces another secure service game to open up a 4-1 lead.

Two games away...
16:51 09 Jun

Thiem holds from 0-40, 1-3 in the fourth set

Nadal directs a stunning forehand winner down the line to move up 0-30, and he carves out three break points when Thiem sends a tired forehand into the net...

This is the match- right here...

A first serve up the T saves the first break (virtual match) point, another biggie in the same direction saves the second. Thiem wipes out the third break point with a forehand winner, and a couple of points later, he completes huge hold.

Still behind, but at least, he gives himself a fighting chance...
16:42 09 Jun

Nadal saves break points, and holds for 3-0

Thiem pushes hard for the break back, but Nadal stands firm!

An inside-out forehand winner gets the Austrian to 30-30, and another winner from the other wing brings up break point...

Nadal responds with that trusty serve out wide- break point saved.

An excellent first serve pushes Rafa to game point, but Thiem ups the ante again and draws the error from Nadal to get to deuce...

Feels like last chance saloon for the Austria, this game- can he get himself back on serve?

Another huge forehand into Nadal's forehand corner draws the error, and creates break point, but Rafa surprises him with a first serve down the T to save the break point...

Rafa serves and volleys into the open court for game point, and another volley at the net gets him over the line.

Three games away...
16:35 09 Jun

Nadal breaks! 6-3 5-7 6-1 2-0

Thiem hooks a forehand wide to lose the first point of the game, and another loose forehand error has him in a 0-30 hole. Trouble...

Wow! A Thiem forehand clips the net cord, and sits up for Nadal, but the Spaniard sends the ball straight to the Austrian and ends up losing the point. Will he rue that?

May be not as the Spaniard produces a wrong-footing backhand winner to bring up two break points...

Thiem sends a forehand into the tramlines to give up his serve!

Nadal has grabbed this match by the neck, and I don't think he's letting this go...

*Just look at the size of the man's arms...
16:30 09 Jun

Nadal saves break point, and holds to open the fourth set

Start to the set very important Thiem, and an excellent defensive lob helps him to 30-30...

Hmmmn... There's a break point as Rafa errs on the backhand on the stretch...

"Dominic", "Dominic", chants Chatrier, but Nadal wipes off the break point with an off-forehand winner... Too short from Thiem...

Thiem overcooks a forehand well over the baseline to give up game point, and Nadal dashes to the net to put away a volley to close out the game.
16:23 09 Jun

Nadal breaks to take the third set 6-3 5-7 6-1

That went by very quickly!

Nadal reaches 15-30 with his umpteenth backhand winner of the set, but a missed return brings it back to 30-all

A mammoth inside out forehand winner from the Spaniard brings up set point, and he takes it when Thiem nets a backhand.

A terrific response from the great man after dropping the second set. Stunning!

Has Thiem got a response in him, or will Rafa finish this in four?
16:13 09 Jun

Nadal holds for a 4-0 lead in the third set

Rafael Nadal on fire! 

He flings himself across the net, not once but twice, to somehow produce a volley winner; he then bangs down a couple of serves to close out another swift game.
16:08 09 Jun

Nadal breaks again! 6-3 5-7 3-0

What was that they were saying about not getting him angry?

Nadal wins 12 of the first 13 points of the third set to open up a 3-0 lead. The last of those points- a forehand pass down the line, accompanied by trademark multiple fist pumps. Running away with the set...
16:01 09 Jun

Nadal breaks to open the third set! 6-3 5-7 1-0

A gift from Thiem, really.

Nadal with a champion's response. He breaks to open the third set.
15:49 09 Jun

Thiem takes the second set! 3-6 7-5

Nadal starts off with a stupendous stop volley- big fist pump to follow that knowing how important that first point is- but he is pegged back to 15-all as he shanks a forehand off the court...

Nadal offers a cheap backhand error to trail 15-30- pressure? Nerves, maybe?

Ooooh, the great man misses with an inside out forehand to give up two set points! He's definitely feeling it, Rafa...

Another error from Nadal- off the backhand this time- gives Thiem the set!

That has come out of nowhere!

It's down to a best-of-three-sets shootout!


15:46 09 Jun

Thiem holds to love 3-6 6-5

Thiem steps into the court, and strikes a backhand winner down the line to start the game, and an overhead winner pushes him to 30-0. 

He muscles an ace down the T to reach 40-0, and Nadal's forehand flies over the baseline to give the Austrian the game.

Thiem guaranteed a tie break at the very least, Nadal must hold to stay in the second set, again...
15:43 09 Jun

Nadal holds 6-3 5-5

Nadal serving to stay in the set. First point so crucial and it goes Rafa's way as Thiem can't clear the net with a backhand.

A supreme wide serve and a cute volley gets the Spaniard to 30-0, make that 40-0 as Thiem fails to find the court with a backhand return.

Rafa pummels an inside-out forehand winner to close out the game.
15:40 09 Jun

Thiem holds to move within one game of the second set 4-6 5-4

Thiem rips a backhand winner cross court to open the game- how does he generate so much power? A hold to love is complete when Nadal drives a backhand over the baseline.

Quality has definitely dropped a couple of levels, but it remains an intriguing contest.

It's a must-win set for Thiem- can he steal a break in the next game and close out the set?
15:34 09 Jun

Nadals finally drops a point on serve, but he holds easily 4-4

Nadal dumps a forehand into the net to trail 0-15- the first point he's dropped on serve in this set, but he wins a point at the net to get to 15-15.

A good first serve down the T helps the Spaniard to 30-15, and a good second serve out wide gets the backhand error from Thiem. 40-15.

Forehand error from Thiem seals the game.
15:31 09 Jun

Thiem holds 4-3

Pressure? What pressure?

Thiem produces two forehand winners to open up a 30-0 lead, and another monstrous forehand gets him a comfortable hold.

We are getting to the business end... Who will crack first?
15:28 09 Jun

Nadal holds to love again... 6-3 3-3

Nadal is yet to drop a point on serve in this second set...

He seals another hold to love- pressure right back on Thiem...

Crucial moments these...
15:24 09 Jun

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15:21 09 Jun

Nadal leads Thiem 6-3 2-2

Another love hold from Nadal, as Thiem starts to pile on the errors...
15:15 09 Jun

Thiem holds 3-6 2-1

Nadal wins the first point with a backhand down the line, and there's 0-30... Or maybe not as the Spaniard misses with an easy overhead. Terrible misses.

Thiem goes on the attack and slams away a forehand winner to get to 30-15, and then bangs down an ace to bring up two game points...

Thiem is clearly looking to be more aggressive in the early part of this second set, but he overcooks a forehand on the first game point.

No mistakes on the second as he powers a forehand winner to get the game.

I felt he spent too much of that first set defending, and trying to outmaneuver Nadal from the back of the court. There appears to be a changing of tactics here. He is going after it a lot more... 
15:13 09 Jun

Nadal holds to love 6-3 1-1

No problems for Nadal- Thiem not able to apply any pressure in that game.
15:09 09 Jun

Thiem holds to start the second set 3-6 1-0

Looking like a gentle start to the second set as Thiem races out to 40-0, but Nadal rips a backhand cross court winner to make things more interesting. Thiem throws an ace down the T to close out the game. 

This will be a real test of character for the underdog...
15:03 09 Jun

Nadal takes the first set 6-3!

Thiem takes the first point, but Nadal serves and volleys his way to 15-15...

A Thiem forehand error helps Rafa to 30-15, and the Spaniard gets to 40-15 when Thiem sends a backhand return over the baseline.

Two set points Nadal- and he takes the set as Thiem misses with a WILD backhand 

What a set! Thiem has thrown the kitchen sink at Nadal in that set, but he has come out on the losing end. That has got to hurt. Where does he go from here?

Rafael Nadal showing just why he's the King of Clay. Unbeatable?
14:59 09 Jun

Nadal breaks and is serving for the first set 5-3

Can Nadal make a move here?

The 11-time champ takes the first point, eliciting some frustration from Thiem, who says a few words in the direction of his box, but he 

Nadal reaches 15-30 with a heavy forehand that's too good for Thiem, and he brings up two set points in sensational fashion, racing up to a Thiem drop shot, and responding with an even better drop shot!

There's the break! A backhand crosscourt too good for Thiem!

Three games in a row for the mighty Spaniard- he's serving for the first set!
14:47 09 Jun

Nadal saves break point, and holds for 4-3

Thiem's outstanding defence is forcing Nadal to go for a lot more- but a forehand misses its back, and he is down 15-30...

The Spaniard produces a ripper of a backhand to get back to 30-30, but he errs on the that wing in the next point to give up break point for the third straight service game...

A lovely off-pace first serve out wide gets him back to deuce.

Nadal goes after the Thiem backhand again, but Thiem stands firm until he overcooks one over the baseline the Austrian then has Nadal scrambling all over the place with a brilliant drop shot. Deuce...

Thiem has a look at a forehand down the line, but just misses, but he isn't done yet, as some more brilliant defending, athleticism and touch help in to deuce. He is defending like a maniac, the Austrian.

Nadal helps himself to game point when Thiem nets a return, and he finally closes out the game with a backhand winner down the line.

How long can these guys sustain this? This has been a lung-busting contest, and we are just seven games in. The quality of the hitting, and the defending has been insane!


14:43 09 Jun

Nadal breaks back! 3-3

Thiem's level suddenly drops and that helps Nadal to 0-40...

The Austrian saves the first break point with a forehand winner, but Nadal responds in kind, swinging away a forehand winner after a concerted attack on the Thiem backhand.

Gripping stuff!
14:35 09 Jun

Thiem breaks to lead 3-2!

Thiem breaks!

Wow! What power from the Austrian!

He wins a cat-and-mouse exchange, finished off with a forehand winner to bring up the first break point of the match, and he goes after Nadal, softening him up with a brute of a forehand, and finishing him off with an overhead! 

14:33 09 Jun

Thiem holds 2-2

Of course, Thiem is not all about the power- a sublime drop shot opens the game, and sets up a relatively easy hold to 15.
14:23 09 Jun

Nadal comes through a tough game 2-1

Nadal attacks the Thiem backhand and opens up the space for a forehand down the line winner; he then wins another brutal exchange to get to 30-0. the 11-time champ gets to 40-0 when Thiem sends a backhand into the net...

But back comes Thiem!

A rocket of a backhand gets him to 40-30, and some wonderful athleticism and court coverage gets him to deuce.

My goodness, these guys are hitting the all so hard. Another brutal exchange follows- Nadal doing most of the pressing, but Thiem resisting from the back of the court. The Spaniard CANNOT hit through Thiem, and hence resorts to the drop shot to get back to game point, and a welcome ace out wide gets him over the line.


14:19 09 Jun

Thiem holds 1-1

Thiem double faults to open, but Nadal then drops the ball too short on the next point, and the Austrian is there to swing away a forehand winner...

Another brutal forehand from Thiem draws the error from Nadal, but what a point that is from Nadal! Thiem throws in a decent drop shot, Nadal races up to it, and then cuts out an attempted pass with a sublime backhand volley. Brilliant! 30-30!

Ooooh... that's a cheap error from Nadal as he sends a  forehand into the net, and another error, this time off the backhand punctuates the game. Thiem holds.
14:12 09 Jun

Nadal holds from 15-30 to open

Not a bad opening point, as Nadal strikes an inside-in forehand winner to open proceedings. Thiem responds with a backhand return that forces the error from the great champion. 15-all.

What was that? A crying baby interrupts Nadal as the Spaniard gets ready to serve, and when play does resume, Thiem stays strong on the baseline and forces a backhand error from Nadal. Hint of an opening at 15-30...

Nadal's inside-out forehand is too heavy for Thiem, 30-30.

The 11-time champion then wins a quality exchange to get to game point, and he cleans up the opening game when Thiem sends a backhand return over the baseline.

Not a bad start at all...
14:06 09 Jun

The players are out!

It's a bright sunny day at Roland Garros, and Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic are ready to go!
13:34 09 Jun

Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem head-to-head

Nadal leads the head-to-head 8-4, with 11 of those twelve matches coming on clay! The only exception was last year's epic US Open quarter final, edged by Nadal in five sets after saving match point.

Thiem has beaten Nadal on clay in each of the last four seasons (2019 inclusive)- Buenos Aires in 2016, Rome in 2017, Madrid in 2018 and Barcelona just a few weeks ago, but Nadal is 3-0 at Roland Garros, 9-0 in sets.

Want more numbers about Nadal and Thiem? Well, we have crunched them all here.
13:26 09 Jun

Dominic Thiem's road to the French Open final

It was a rockier start for Dominic Thiem, who required four sets to beat Tommy Paul, Alexander Bublik, and Pablo Cuevas in the opening three rounds, raising doubts over his form, and chances of going deep in Paris...

Thiem's response has been emphatic- he brushed aside Gael Monfils and Karen Khachanov in straight sets in the net two rounds, before producing a magnificent performance to take down world No. 1, Novak Djokovic in a five-set semi-final spread over two days due to inclement weather.

Beyond the power and shot-making abilities of the Austrian, what stood out against Djokovic was his mental strength. He braved the conditions, and then held his nerve as Djokovic constantly fought back before finishing off the Serbian to reach back-to-back French Open finals.
13:19 09 Jun

Rafael Nadal's road to the final

Nadal had the luxury of a very accommodating draw, easing his way into the tournament by beating a pair of German qualifiers named Yannick- Hanfmann in Round 1, and Maden in the second round.

David Goffin provided more resistance in the third round, taking a set off the great Spaniard, but Rafa was ultimately comfortable, and the King of Clay followed that up with a straight-sets victory over Juan Ignacio Londero.

Nadal swatted away Kei Nishikori for the loss of just five games in the quarter finals- before bullying Roger Federer (as is his wont at Roland Garros) in the semis to take his place in the last four...
13:06 09 Jun

Roland Garros Men's Final Live Blog: Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem

Welcome to our French Open men's final live blog, and what an intriguing contest we have on our hands!

Dominic Thiem has long been considered the heir apparent to Rafael Nadal's clay-court kingdom, so much so that he has been tagged the 'Prince of Clay'- has the time finally come for the Austrian to take over from the great Spaniard?

Not if Rafael Nadal has his way.

The King of Clay has been unrelenting in his pursuit of clay-court immortality, and he's goes after an incredible 12th Roland Garros title today. No human being, man or woman has won one particular Grand Slam more than 11 times.

Will Rafa reign again in Paris? Or can Thiem tame this clay-court beast?

Make sure you read our full match preview before play begins at 3:00pm local time/ 2:00pm BST.


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The 2019 French Open draws to a close today as 11-time champion Rafael Nadal comes up against fourth seed Dominic Thiem in the men’s singles final.

Thiem has done what nobody else has over the last few years, and that’s beat Rafael Nadal a number of times on clay - four to be precise, including earlier this season in the Barcelona semi-finals. However, while Thiem has had success against the King of Clay in Masters 1000, 500 and 250 ATP events, he’s never been able to trouble Nadal where it matters most.

Indeed, Nadal has won all nine of their sets during three comprehensive victories at the French Open in the second round in 2014, the semi-finals in 2017 and of course last year’s final. Furthermore, everything has fallen into place for Nadal over the last fortnight in Paris - he was fortunate to receive a very soft draw in his opening five rounds, including a fatigued Kei Nishikori in the quarter-finals, while he will always have Roger Federer’s number on clay, even if he hadn’t beaten the Swiss in five years before his routine straight sets victory in the semi-finals.

Nadal has also kept to the original men’s schedule at Roland Garros, while Thiem - after three tough four-setters to open the tournament - toiled away for four hours across two days to complete a five-set win over World No. 1 Novak Djokovic, snapping the Serbian’s 26-match winning streak at Grand Slams.

Suffice to say, beating Nadal at Roland Garros is the biggest challenge in all of tennis, and Thiem is coming into the match with less-than-ideal preparation. But, on the other hand, the Austrian is armed with the knowledge he can beat Nadal if he plays his best and that there’s no expectation on him to actually win.

Could that make him extra dangerous? Or is Nadal set to add another French Open title to his ever-growing trophy cabinet?

Make sure you join us one last time as we live blog every point of the final, live from Roland Garros.


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