Thiem is contesting his first Grand Slam final.
Thiem was under the cosh, saving four break points in the first game of the third set before Nadal inevitably broke for 2-1.
Perhaps the finest of them all came at Melbourne early in 2000, when Agassi somehow won a superb fourth-set shootout 7-5, which shattered Sampras to the extent that he virtually collapsed in the fifth set, losing it by a barely believable 6-1. That led to 34 winners (eight more than Nadal), but also 42 unforced errors (18 more than Nadal).
However, during the treatment Nadal revealed that he was concerned about whether he was going to be able to continue.
Sunday marked the first time Nadal had faced a player from a younger tennis generation in a Grand Slam final.
Cecchinato had never won a Grand Slam match before he beat Romania's Marius Copil in the first round of French Open 2018.
Serving to stay in the match at 4-5, the Austrian allowed mistakes to creep into his game. Thiem withstood a barrage of break points to hold in a marathon sixth game, which he thought he had won at 40-30 when he left a wide ball, only for the umpire to overrule the line judge. Key in that regard was his backhand, which consistently flustered Thiem, who didn't have the same bag of tricks at his disposal.
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Thiem, 24, is showing no signs of nerves in his first Grand Slam final. Thiem looks like he belongs on the big stage - but will he take that confidence into a showdown against Nadal who has only ever lost twice on the big Philippe Chatrier Court? The youngster trails 2-0 out the gate.
Thiem courageously saved three break points to start the third, yet dropped serve in his next service game. In Sunday's final of the French Open, the 32-year-old will take on his supposed successor on clay. "Against Dominic Thiem, he is top 10, and today, all the people were for me".
Pink Floyd frontman Roger Waters and James Bond actress Lea Seydoux have unveiled the Musketeers Cup that will be won by either Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem in the French Open final. He played a great two weeks.
Although Safin remained utterly mercurial throughout his career, he was still good enough to blast Pete Sampras off the court in the 2000 US Open Final, and he won his second Major in Melbourne in 2005.
The No. 6-seeded pairing from the Czech Republic beat Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya of Japan 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday. The odds are also low for the player from Spain to win in straight sets.
In contrast, there are eight women now younger than 28 who have been Grand Slam singles finalists.