Dominic Thiem preseason training for 2019https://t.co/ryQnyA2sff
— Martyn Collins (@TruthandTennis) December 29, 2018
4 huge story lines could play out in the men’s singles draw at Paris. A Nadal win does mean 12 Roland Garros titles (!?!?), a Federer win would be a 2nd Roland Garros title 10 years after he won his first, a Djokovic win would be the completion of his 2nd Nole Slam (!?!?!), and a Thiem win would mean he took his first major title in part by coming through a semifinal with the big 3.
Each of those stories would be huge if it comes to fruition. Only one of them will, but Djokovic and Thiem represent a monumental semifinal. Dominic Thiem is knocking on the door of being a major champion. He is doing so when everyone winning big events seems to be north of 30. His win might represent a generational shift starting to crystallize on tour. That alone is massive.
Then … Novak Djokovic has 15 majors, a career slam, the second most Masters Series shields of all time, the second most World Tour Finals crowns of all time, and appears poised to tie Pete Sampras’ 6 years finished at #1. Oh yeah, between July 2015 and June 2016 Novak Djokovic was the reigning champion at all four majors! Doing that once is something I have frequently described as being the most impressive accomplishment in tennis history. To do it twice … no words (yet)
Either of these outcomes require a semifinal win. This match is of tremendous importance because of what it might mean if either take the title. It also means a very worthy finalist if either were to lose in the championship match. This should be something.
“Let the best man win!”
— Eurosport UK (@Eurosport_UK) June 6, 2019