Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
Sports | By Johanna Francis

Thiem ready to topple Nadal in French Open final

Thiem ready to topple Nadal in French Open final

"Rafa is playing every point better from the beginning until the last point of the match, and his intensity grows during the match", explained Del Potro. He doesn't cede a thing and he doesn't let up. Both played superbly - and both had chances to end it. Thiem went ahead 6-3, but wasted three set points there, including a bad volley into the net at 6-4 that left him chewing ruefully on his left index finger.

The men's singles semi-final at Roland Garros will take place Friday with Nadal taking on Del Potro in the first semi-final, while the other semi-final will see second favorite Dominic Thiem take on surprise candidate Marco Cecchinato, who beat Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinal.

It was hard not to feel sympathy for Thiem, playing in his first grand slam final against a man who simply does not lose this particular battle.

"Thiem beat me in Madrid this year and played with big power".

"But I have a plan".

She reacted well to limit her mistakes while staying aggressive on her German opponent's service games. "I was just focused and try to hold the situation and just trying to be positive on every point, no?"

"I am very happy to be in another Roland Garros final, it is the most important tournament of my career". If he wins the game, OK. Nadal's poor play will finally be punished this tournament.

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He buckled at 5-5 though and sent a backhand long on break point, leaving Del Potro to serve for the match, which he did easily as Cilic sent three more backhands out. Nadal still trails great rival Roger Federer by four major titles although the Swiss star is more than four years older.

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"For me, the motivation to play here always is high, high as possible".

Had Cecchinato not tightened in the second set, when he held three set points, it might have been a different result. "This is why the guy was dominating clay-court tennis over the last 14 years like nobody else before". He then went on to beat Nadal in straight sets in Madrid and seemed on course for a first Masters title before collapsing to Alexander Zverev in the finals and then losing to Fabio Fognini in the first round of the next Masters in Rome.

True, he was obliterated by Nadal in the semi-final 12 months ago but Thiem has added more aggression to his natural claycourt weapons, specifically the forehand, as he displayed when stunning Nadal in the Madrid quarter-final.

This time, Thiem instead faced Cecchinato, who never had won a Grand Slam match until this tournament and was the lowest-ranked men's semifinalist at the clay-court major in 19 years.

Only three times (once when he withdrew with an injury) has the Mallorcan not reached the French Open final since he first re-defined claycourt tennis in 2005 as a sleeveless warrior. Nadal leads the head to head 9-5 against del Potro, last seeing him in last year's US Open (which Nadal won in four sets).

The 25-year-old was banned for match-fixing in 2016, a penalty overturned on appeal.

"It's a very nice feeling to come through that and make the final here for the first time".

There have, however, appeared to be one or two chinks in Nadal's armour at Roland Garros this year. Then Thiem got to 10-all with a drop shot of his own.

Increasingly frustrated at Cecchinato's resistance, Thiem lost his composure completely in the second set.

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