Sport Rafael Nadal is the 'only one favourite' for the French Open says Dominic Thiem's coach

08:35  22 may  2017
08:35  22 may  2017 Source:   International Business Times

Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem, Madrid Open 2017 final: Where to watch live, preview, betting odds and head-to-head record

  Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem, Madrid Open 2017 final: Where to watch live, preview, betting odds and head-to-head record Nadal is looking for his third title of 2017 after wins in Monte-Carlo and Barcelona. The 14-time Grand Slam winner defeated Fabio Fognini, Nick Kyrgios, David Goffin and Novak Djokovic en route to the final as he is currently 14-0 since the clay-court season began.One more win would put the Spaniard in perfect position as the favourite for the upcoming French Open, which Nadal last won in 2014.As for world number nine Thiem, he defeated Jared Donaldson, Grigor Dimitrov, Borna Ćorić and Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas to reach his first Masters 1000 final.

The question for Rafael Nadal isn't whether he' s going to win the French Open but whether he'll have any competition. Rafael Nadal won a record-equalling 30th Masters title, beating Dominic Thiem in straight sets.

Rafael Nadal ' s winning streak ended at 17 matches as he lost in straight sets to Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open . The Spaniard will now focus on the French Open , where he will be aiming for a 10th title at Roland Garros.

Rafael Nadal © Getty Rafael Nadal

Rafael Nadal is still the major favourite ahead of the 2017 French Open, according to Dominic Thiem's coach Gunter Bresnik.

Nadal kicked off his clay-court season in style, winning 17 matches in a row and grabbing titles in Monte-Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid.

For the last two titles, the Spaniard notably defeated Dominic Thiem in both finals, but the Austrian was able to get one back after defeating Nadal in the Italian Open quarter-final, ending his winning run on clay.

Bresnik in particular took great pleasure at seeing Thiem beat Nadal for just the second time in his career in what was a big relief for him.

Rafael Nadal wins 2017 Madrid Open after beating Dominic Thiem

  Rafael Nadal wins 2017 Madrid Open after beating Dominic Thiem The win is Nadal's third title of the calendar year and his 30th Masters 1000 title.In what was a rematch of the final in Barcelona, Nadal was given a much harder task from the Austrian with the first set going into a one-hour-and-18-minute tie-break.

Rafael Nadal continued his impressive form heading into the French Open , winning his third straight title on clay Sunday with a 7-6 (8), 6-4 victory over Dominic Thiem in the Madrid Open final.

Rafael Nadal beat Dominic Thiem 7-6 (10-8) 6-4 to win his fifth Madrid Open title and move into the world' s top four. That will improve his seeding for the French Open , which starts on 22 May and where Nadal is a nine-time champion.

"Yes, because I find that Rafa right now is playing the best tennis of his life, or almost," he said, as quoted on Tennis World USA. "Beating him on centre court in Rome, in the quarter finals, that has a different significance from beating him in the semis at Buenos Aires [February 2016]. What impressed me the most was how he kept it up for two sets without the slightest bump. That amazed me."

The win was more special due to the fact that Bresnik has coached Thiem since he was eight years of age, as he spoke about how the world number seven has been improving.

"After all, I've been at Dominic's side since he was eight," he explained. "That's both an advantage and a disadvantage. On the one hand, you have to be careful not to get stuck in routines. On the other hand, it gives you the chance to shape a player exactly according to your own ideas."

"Dominic isn't the perfect player. That's [Roger] Federer. But he draws out the quintessential of his natural abilities. It's enormously satisfying. What counts is performing to the maximum of his abilities."

Despite being ecstatic with 23-year-old's performance against Nadal, Bresnik sees Thiem as an outsider for the French Open, with Nadal still as the major favourite.

"There's only one favourite," he added. "That's Rafa. After that, there are outsiders like Murray, Djokovic and Dominic. But I have no worries about supposed pressure. If he's always had one quality, it's keeping his feet on the ground."

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Nadal has won three titles in 2017 and is the strong favourite ahead of the French Open.Despite three final losses, two of which came against Roger Federer in the Australian Open and in Miami, Nadal has had quite a year, especially on clay.

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