French Open men’s final — key points

One down, two to go: Rafael Nadal clinches the first set against Dominic Thiem
AFP

Paris (AFP) – Key points in Sunday’s French Open men’s final between 10-time champion Rafael Nadal and Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem:

Set 1

Nadal 6-4

— Nadal breaks in the second game as Thiem nets a forehand. The Austrian won only one point in the first two games.

— Thiem breaks straight back with his second forehand winner of the game flying past a rooted Nadal.

—- Still with no Hawkeye at Roland Garros, chair umpire incorrectly overrules line call which would have seen Thiem level at 3-3. But the Austrian saves two break points and wins the lengthy game anyhow.

— Nadal breaks to love to clinch the opening set as Thiem undoes all of his earlier hard work with a third forehand unforced error of the game into the net.

Key statistics: First serve percentage — Nadal 65%, Thiem 45%

Total points won — Nadal 39, Thiem 29

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