Thiem starts well vs Cecchinato in semis

Thiem starts well vs Cecchinato in semis

"If Rafael Nadal wins the French for the eleventh time, it would be facile to call it an achievement; this is history, perhaps fantasy and definitely never to be repeated ever again - not on clay, not in any other Grand Slam", Becker wrote in Sunday's column for Times of India.

The Austrian also came out on top on clay in three sets in the semi-finals in Buenos Aires in 2016.

Sloane Stephens has advanced to the French Open final for the first time, beating Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 in an all-American semifinal on Court Philippe Chatrier.

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

The second set turned into a tight tactical battle with neither able to break serve.

Schwartzman compiled a 20-4 edge in winners in that first set, then broke Nadal for the fifth time in eight service games and was ahead 3-2 in the second when a rain delay of just under an hour arrived. And of course, with it being on clay, Nadal is an overwhelming favorite. In the victory, Thiem won 83 percent of his first serve points and 61 percent of his second serve points.

Del Potro fought back tears during his post-match interview and was loudly cheered by fans at Court Suzanne Lenglen.

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She twice has lost in the final at Roland Garros - to Maria Sharapova in 2014 and to Jelena Ostapenko in 2017 - and was the runner-up to Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open in January.

Ominously, perhaps, for Thiem, Nadal said: "I have to improve a little bit".

"He is a nightmare opponent for Nadal", Wilander said about Del Potro, as quoted on Tennis World USA.

At just 19, Nadal became the youngest victor of a Grand Slam title since Michael Chang won at Roland Garros in 1989 at 17. "If I lost that tiebreak it would have been a very close match and I didn't want that".

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"This is one of my favourite tournaments and I'm looking forward to Saturday".

"I lost three times until now and no one died, so it will be OK."- Halep, commenting on whether she's anxious about losing a fourth straight major final.

Cecchinato gained his first lead at 5-4 on a quickfire serve but Thiem rallied back with a timely drop shot to take the first set.

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Bresnik knows, right along with everyone else, what a hard task it is to try to slow Nadal in a best-of-five-set match on his favourite surface and at his favourite tournament.

Otherwise, he stayed steady in a 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 3 Marin Cilic in a matchup between two past U.S. Open champions.

Kerber, a former United States and Australian Ooen champion and ex-number one is in her second quarter-final in Paris, six years after her first.

Thiem was quick to respond, reeling off the next three games to take the set in 46 minutes.

Rafael Nadal's bid for an 11th French Open title continues with the resumption of his rain-interrupted quarterfinal against 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman of Argentina.

Nadal can become just the second male player in the Open era to reach 11 finals at the same Grand Slam tournament, equaling Roger Federer's record at Wimbledon.

Schwartzman took the opening set 6-4, ending Nadal's streak of 37 consecutive completed sets at Roland Garros before rain arrived on Wednesday.

"Could he beat Nadal in the final, probably not, but Nadal is not guaranteed to get to the final".

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