Ruthless Nadal crushes Del Potro to reach final

Ruthless Nadal crushes Del Potro to reach final

Ruthless Nadal crushes Del Potro to reach final

That did not prevent his uncle from delivering some tactical advice ahead of the final.

"The quarter-finals was an important match for me".

Marco Cecchinato has dropped his first service game against seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem in their French Open semifinal.

"He managed to do it well".

Nadal is hot favourite to win the second Grand Slam of the year after dominating on clay since making his Roland Garros debut in 2005. However, Thiem did beat Nadal on the clay of Madrid last month. "I can say a lot of things, but the easiest answer and the real answer is to play well".

"Yesterday I was doing many winners, not many unforced errors".

Anything can happen in a Grand Slam final.

Tears welled in the eyes of the now 11-time champion as he was applauded by the crowd. And Francis Roig (Nadal's coach) said: You have to win another tournament to play with him! Andy Murray talked about his come back. "I really believe that I am enough fit and ready to hold", Nadal said.

The 37-set run was Nadal's longest at the French Open, where the record of 41 was established by Bjorn Borg from 1978-81. Cilic is serving at love-30 in the 11th game. At the following changeover, he was given a salt pill by a doctor and had his left forearm massaged by a trainer.

Nadal has an 84-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros.

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He broke the Austrian in the third game of the set.

Schwartzman compiled a 20-4 edge in winners for the set, closing it with a forehand that landed right at the baseline.

Until 4-all, 15-all in the opening set, to be precise.

The dramatic comeback from a set and break down against Schwartzman in the last eight proved Nadal's competitive desire is as strong as ever. Since then, the Spaniard has been imperious. Nadal won three games in a row after returning to court, but the match was stopped again in the ninth game.

Thiem is contesting his first Grand Slam final.

The first set always looked key and Del Potro clinched the opener as Cilic blinked first.

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Just 45 percent of Thiem's first serves went in, compared to Nadal's 65 percent.

"I'll watch the other semi-final to study my opponent and then it's full power on Sunday (June 10)".

Thiem led 6-3 but suddenly lost focus.

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He left Del Potro trailing in a cloud of Parisian clay dust to set up a final against Dominic Thiem on Sunday.

Nadal and Thiem have met nine times - all of them on clay.

But fast-forward 12 days and the affable Del Potro is preparing to take on 10-time champion Nadal in his first French Open semi-final since 2009.

The crowd cheered when Zidane was shown on the big screen. "When (Thiem) is dominating the point, he is very unsafe". He converted the second to make the score 2-1. So there are not 10 more chances to keep playing here.

Cecchinato had never won a Grand Slam match until this tournament.

Krejcikova and Siniakova, who are both 22, were playing in their fifth major tournament together.

Stephens hasn't dropped a set since. He lost at this stage to eventual champions Novak Djokovic in 2016 and Rafael Nadal in 2017.

And the only man to beat Nadal on clay past year was Thiem.

Thiem used to hike through the Alps in his homeland as part of his training, but the 24-year-old had an even bigger mountain to climb now.

That he trailed by a set and a break before rain delays allowed him to change tactics and recover to get there?

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