Twitter Reacts as Nadal Beats del Potro to Reach French Open Final

Twitter Reacts as Nadal Beats del Potro to Reach French Open Final

Rafael Nadal has dropped a set at the French Open for the first time since 2015.

The world number one is still the overwhelming favorite to pick up his 11th French Open title, but former victor Mats Wilander thinks Juan Martin del Potro, Nadal's semi-final opponent could cause him some troubles.

But this will be the first time they've met in a Grand Slam final.

"You have to be focussed and keep your passion for the game". I'm not interested in these things, I just play tennis.

At least Thiem can boast being the only man to have defeated Nadal on clay in the last two years. Meanwhile Austria's Dominic Thiem is bidding to reach his maiden Grand Slam final against surprise semifinalist Marco Cecchinato of Italy.

Truth is, there were not many the rest of the way, as Nadal finished with 35 winners and just 19 unforced errors.

"The first set was very hard, with too many chances for Juan Martin", Nadal said.

"If I want to beat him, I have to play that way like I did in Rome and in Madrid", Thiem said.

For Thiem, however, the challenge will be to go one step further as all his victories so far have been in three setters.

While disappointed to miss out on the final, an upbeat Del Potro reflected on a positive campaign in Paris after at one stage fearing he would miss the tournament due to injury.

Thiem saved three set points in the second before winning an epic tie-break, something for which Cecchinato has become notable this year. There were no breaks of serve through the 12 games, with Thiem earning three break points while giving away none.

He suffered a worrying power cut in the second set, slipping to 5-0 down on a double break, wasting his seventh break point out of seven on the way.

The Austrian also came out on top on clay in three sets in the semi-finals in Buenos Aires in 2016. This second break was not just decisive, it was a intuitive point from the Austrian that showed his match awareness.

And the first set was indeed tight, even with del Potro calling for the trainer at 2-3. I mean, Dominic beat Rafa in Madrid. "Nadal's capable of keeping this very aggressive, high-intensity level over an unbelievably long period of time. He deserved to win".

After struggling in his quarterfinal against Diego Schwartzman, Nadal is approaching his best form ahead of the final and hopes are high that the Spanish star will emerge victorious.

But Thiem, 24, was too strong and now believes he has a particularly powerful weapon on his side for the final - breakfast. "I'll try my best and hopefully do better than previous year".

"I think that was my chance of the match".

"That was not a nice feeling".

In the women's draw, Halep is yet to win a grand slam title but looks ominously ready to break her duck at Roland Garros when she faces Sloane Stephens in the decider on Saturday.

Instead, he was playing the underdog of the tournament, unseeded Italian Marco Cecchinato, who had stunned seeds Pablo Carreno Busta, David Goffin and Novak Djokovic.

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