Can French Open pretender Thiem dethrone King of Clay Nadal?

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We’ve been tipping up Dominic Thiem to do the business in the French Open for some time now, and now the Austrian is living up to our expectations.

The 23-year-old is in his first Slam semi-final, and he’s done so in blistering style.

Not only did Thiem defeat 12-time Slam champion Novak Djokovic in straight sets – Thiem threw in a third-set bagel too!

It was a sensational performance from the man many are tipping to rule the roost in years to come.

And our traders make Thiem second-favourite at 6/1 to win his first Slam this weekend.

But of course he’s behind 4/11 favourite Nadal in the betting.

The pair are easily the clay season’s star performances, with Nadal boasting a 22-1 record this year, and Thiem similarly impressive at 20-3.

So what the odds are saying is that this year’s French Open winner will come from the victor of the semi-final between the pair.

The King of Clay is 1/4 favourite to prevail, but his young pretender is the value option at 3/1.

The pair have met six times before – all on the dirt – with Nadal 4-2 ahead.

But it’s the results from this year’s three previous meetings which has intrigued.

In April the duo contested the Barcelona Open final, where the Spanish ace came out 6-4 6-1.

A fortnight later they vied for the Madrid Open title, and again Nadal prevailed.

This time Thiem forced a first-set tie-break, before losing the second set 6-4.

But then in their third meeting, this time in Rome, the Austrian turned the tables with a 6-4 6-3 victory.

He has steadily improved each and every time he has taken on the clay’s greatest ever player, and victory over Djokovic will only enhance his confidence.

It should be a thrilling contest to watch, and over 3.5 sets looks assured at 4/6.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing

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