Thiem stops Djokovic in semi; Barty is women's champ

Thiem stops Djokovic in semi; Barty is women's champ

On the final day of Roland Garros 2019, 11-time Champions Rafael Nadal will compete against Dominic Thiem for the title.

After starting the game on equal note, the two of them battled through brutal rallies of forehands and backhands in the first two sets, winning one each.

Rafael Nadal is your 2019 French Open champion.

Thiem, who has never made it to the final at another Grand Slam, is looking to become the first Austrian to win a major since Thomas Muster lifted the Musketeers Cup at the French Open in 1995.

Dominic Thiem denied Novak Djokovic the dream of holding all four Grand Slam titles for the second time when he dramatically knocked the world number one out of the French Open semi-finals.

The 33-year-old is the first player to win 12 singles titles at the same Grand Slam tournament. Nadal should be more rested after Thiem needed two days to complete his five-set, four-hour semifinal victory over Novak Djokovic.

The second semi-final was suspended until Saturday due to rain, with Thiem leading 6-2, 3-6, 6-1 as he looks to reach a second straight Roland Garros final.

Later Saturday in the women's final, Ashleigh Barty defeated Marketa Vondrousova, an unseeded 19-year-old from the Czech Republic, in straight sets, 6-1, 6-3. He won 16 of the initial 17 points in the third set en route to collecting 12 of the last 14 games.

Nadal saw off another break point in a lengthy service game for a 4-3 lead, a pivotal moment as he moved 5-3 ahead as an aggressive forehand rocked Thiem on break point.

Thiem was trying to do what only Stan Wawrinka has managed by beating Djokovic and Nadal at the same slam, and Wawrinka did not do it back-to-back.

But the No. 2-seeded Nadal reasserted himself there to grab control.

But at the same time the way Roger has played here throughout the whole tournament, it's better than I've ever seen him. "That's our sport", said Thiem whose semi-final with Djokovic spanned a full 24 hours.

Thiem knows how it feels to beat Nadal on clay having done so in each of the last four seasons, but only in best-of-three-set matches.

Thiem would have been the happier of the two to resume playing on Friday, leading by a break in the third set after sharing the opening two with Djokovic.

Thiem seeks his first major trophy.

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