“Surprise of the Tournament”: Dominic Thiem Makes a Sarcastic Comment While Rafael Nadal Prepares for French Open 2021

Published 06/06/2021, 12:08 PM EDT
Rafael Nadal (R) of Spain and Dominic Thiem (L) of Austria pose prior the men’s singles final match at the French Open tennis tournament at Roland Garros Stadium in Paris, France on June 09, 2019. (Photo by Mustafa Yalcin/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)


With the second week of the French Open 2021 kicking off, players are stepping up with their preparations as the contest gets tougher. When it comes to Roland Garros, tennis star Rafael Nadal’s name surely gets the most attention. Given that he has won the tournament on 13 occasions, it is understandably so. 

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Recently, Nadal posted a picture of him practicing on the practice courts at Roland Garros. He put up the picture along with a caption that read, Into the second week. Good practice today with beautiful Mallorca-type weather.” 

Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem congratulate themselves at the end of the Men Final of the 2018 French Open – Day Fithteen at Roland Garros on June 10, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Rindoff Petroff/Suu/Getty Images)

Dominic Thiem gets cheeky on Rafael Nadal’s post

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Interestingly, Austrian tennis star Dominic Thiem was one of the people who commented on the post. He was showing his sarcastic side and stated, “Surprise of the tournament.” On the contrary, for Rafael Nadal to make it to the second week is a normal thing that usually happens at the French Open. 

Speaking about Dominic Thiem, he has been on a bad run this season. He performed poorly in Australia and in the events after, the results have been disappointing as well. Even at the French Open this year, he exited in the first round. Having been a two-time finalist, this year’s result is a huge disappointment. 

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA – Dominic Thiem of Austria and Rafael Nadal of Spain embrace at the net following their Men’s Singles Quarterfinal match on day ten of the 2020 Australian Open at Melbourne Park on January 29, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Rafael Nadal has entered Paris high on momentum

On the other hand, prior to the French Open 2021, Rafael Nadal won titles in Barcelona and Rome. He engaged in some tough matches to emerge victorious in those events. 

He will be facing a highly talented player in Jannik Sinner in the fourth-round match tomorrow. They faced each other last year as well, and it proved to be the toughest match Rafa had during the tournament last season. 

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It surely will be interesting to see how their match turns out as it will be the first real test for the Spaniard at Roland Garros this year. 

Watch this story: Champions!: Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal, Novak Djokovic, Serena Williams, And Others’ Trophy Lift at French Open

 

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Rohan Kollare

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Rohan Kollare is a tennis author for EssentiallySports. Rohan has a post-graduate diploma in Sports Management and a trophy cabinet adorned with accolades won in district and state-level tennis competitions. He has previously worked in Content Operations for Disney’s Hotstar for over a year, covering tennis and Formula One.

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