Thiem threw the kitchen sink at Nadal
Carlos Moya, Nadal’s coach and a former Roland-Garros winner himself, was full of praise for the 33-year-old from the Spanish island of Mallorca.
“Hats off to what he’s done this month and a half, because it’s easy to play well when things are working well, but what he’s been through these last couple of months is showing what a competitor he is and that mentally he is a genius,” Moya said after the final.
Although Thiem, playing in his second straight final in Paris, threw the kitchen sink at Nadal, the Austrian was unable to outlast the ‘King of Clay’ in a physical match that featured 46 baseline rallies lasting 10 shots or more.
"I played very good the first two sets, and then I had a little drop, which is against most of the players not that bad, but he took the chance and stepped right on me," said the Austrian, who had beaten Nadal in the semi-finals in Barcelona in straight sets.