Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem, French Open 2019 men's final: What time does it start, what TV channel is it on and what is our prediction?

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What is it?

It's the men's final of this year's French Open, which is a repeat of last year's showpiece as holder Rafael Nadal faces Dominic Thiem on the Philippe-Chatrier court.

When is it?

It's on Sunday, 9 June, 2019 - ie today.

What time does it start?

It will start at 2pm BST.

What TV channel is it on?

You can watch live coverage on either ITV 4 or on Eurosport 1 from 1.30pm. Alternatively, bookmark this page and follow build up and game-by-game updates with our live blog.

Thiem saw off Djokovic in five sets to reach the final Credit: Rex

What's the head to head?

The pair have met on 12 occasions with the 11-times French Open champion Nadal winning eight times.

Thiem, however, has won their most recent head-to-head. The Austrian beat Nadal in the semi-finals of the Barcelona Open 6-4,6-4.

Sunday's final is also a repeat of last year's finale when Nadal won in straight sets 6-4, 6-3, 6-2.

How have they reached this round? 

Nadal's route to final

Nadal has dropped just one set en route to the final.

  • First round - bt Yannick Hanfmann 6-2, 6-1, 6-3 in 1hr 57
  • Second round - bt Yannick Maden 6-1, 6-2, 6-4, in 2h09
  • Third round - bt David Goffin 6-1, 6-3, 4-6, 6-3 2h49 
  • Fourth round - bt Juan Ignacio Londero 6-2, 6-3, 6-3 in 2h13
  • Quarter-finals - bt Kei Nishikori 6-1, 6-1, 6-3 in 1hr 51
  • Semi-finals - bt Roger Federer 6-3, 6-4, 6-2 in 2h25
Nadal has dropped just one set en route to Sunday's showpiece Credit: Reuters

Thiem's route to final

The fourth seed has got stronger as the tournament has progressed but has dropped five sets along the way.

  • First round - bt Tommy Paul 6-4, 4-6, 7-6, 6-1 in 2hr 31
  • Second round - bt Alexander Bublik 6-3, 6-7, 6-3, 7-5 in 2h30
  • Third round - bt Pablo Cuevas 6-3, 4-6, 6-2, 7-5 2h36  
  • Fourth round - bt Gael Monfils 6-4, 6-4, 6-2 in 1h48
  • Quarter-finals - bt Karen Khachanov 6-2, 6-4, 6-2 in 1hr 47
  • Semi-finals - bt Novak Djokovic 6-2, 3-6, 7-5, 5-7, 7-5 in 4h13
Thiem will be playing for a fourth day in a row when he goes up against Nadal Credit: Reuters

What are they saying?

Nadal is hoping to become the first player to win 12 or more titles at the same grand slam, moving past Margaret Court who won 11 Australian Opens. He said of his record in Paris:

"It is incredible, being honest, no?

“Is something very special and difficult to explain, but here we are. And the day that we start thinking about if it's incredible or not probably will be the day to do another thing. So what I have to do today is not think about if it's incredible, because it's a real thing for me.

“Even if it's something I never dreamed about five, six, eight years ago, it's happening today. And my goal is just try to keep going. Is not about have excess of ambition but is about just try to keep enjoying the things that I am doing.”

Thiem, who is bidding to become only the second Austrian player to win a grand slam singles title, and the first since Thomas Muster in Paris back in 1995, said of win over Djokovic:

"An epic match. I mean, so many ups and downs. And rain, going back to the locker, on court again.

"Somehow I had the feeling that I had the lead in the whole match, and then at the end, it got so tough. 

"Both of us, we could win, and I luckily got the better in the end."

What are the odds?

  • Nadal 1/4
  • Thiem 18/5

What's our prediction?

Even before Thiem's weather-delayed semi-final victory over Djokovic it was hard to look past Nadal picking up a 12th French Open title.

The Austrian will be playing for a fourth day in a row in Paris which isn't ideal preparations for facing the King of Clay. We're hoping he can take a set off the Spaniard but it could well depend on how his rest and recuperation goes tonight and ahead of the final. Prediction: Nadal to win in straight sets.