Three of those sets came to Federer (first set in 2006 by a score of 6-1, second set in 2007 by a score of 6-4, and third set in 2011 by a score of 7-5), two of those sets came to Djokovic (third set in 2012 by a score of 6-2 and first set in 2014 by a score of 6-3) and one set came to Mariano Puerta of Argentina in a first set tiebreak.
From the get-go, it was such a physical grind that Nadal was soaked with sweat and changed neon yellow shirts after just seven games, eliciting catcalls from the stands.
It is the first Grand Slam final for either player.
But it wasn't enough.
Thiem delivered a dusky carrier sport as Nadal broke to devour, the Spaniard backing that up with a withhold to devour sealed with a ravishing stun volley that even brought on a thumbs up from the Austrian.
"I will not play before Wimbledon, of course", he said. Even if the first year was that match against Muller, I played great tennis there too.
"I had issues with my knee and surgery on my foot, so many issues in the last 18 months that have made the last few weeks very special".
"I want to say is congratulations to Dominic", he added. I feel very lucky about all the things that are happening to me.
Physically, Thiem had looked strong and resolute.
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Nadal was mighty relieved, opening the second set with a much-needed comfortable hold, firing a crosscourt forehand victor and delivering another one in game three to stay in front.
Certainly it would have taken a monumental effort to remain mentally positive after playing an opening set as he did, and coming out of it empty handed. After converting his second match through a long forehand from Thiem, he emotionally lay on the ground of the Court Philippe Chatrier in spectators' cheering.
"Here I am, at the age of 33, enjoying, playing good tennis", Nadal said, "and let's see for how long I am able to manage and to continue this". The Spaniard seemingly another inexorable step towards the crown.
He swept the first 10 points of the third set, carving out a double break for 3-0 before sweeping to a third break for the set.
And just as inevitably, Nadal played down such talk.
The French crowd erupted. Nadal strode to the sidelines.
Rafael Nadal has done it again. A blink later the set was over, 6-1. As Thiem would hit drop shots, Nadal would also pounce.
Each and each gamers understood the significance of constructing a transient commence, Nadal attempting to expend just correct thing about any mental and bodily fatigue in his opponent, who supreme finished his delayed semi-closing against high seed Djokovic lower than 24 hours earlier.
This was the second year in a row in which Nadal has beaten Thiem in the final. "To have this trophy with me again you don't know how much it means to me". "If not, for me, still unbelievable", Nadal said. It lived up to expectations which, to me, were by far the best two sets of the men's tournament over the two weeks.
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