Nadal into 11th French Open semi; del Potro in 1st since '09

WATCH: Del Potro directs frustration at Paris spectator

"If he doesn't win this match people, if he can't beat Cecchinato people will say he's never going to win a Slam".

Nadal, the undisputed king of clay, had lost his first set at Roland Garros since 2015 and was a break down in the second, but he regrouped during a 53-minute delay. It will be followed by the all-American matchup between Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens.

He still occasionally inconvenienced the reigning champion, not least when a deft drop shot brought up a point to break back at 2-4.

The world number one, bidding for a record-extending 11th title, clinched the second set soon after the restart. Nadal racked up 18 winners in the fourth set to capture the match, ultimately overpowering Schwartzman.

Marco Cecchinato of Italy was defeated by Dominic Thiem of Austria during day thirteen of the 2018 French Open. And of course, with it being on clay, Nadal is an overwhelming favorite.

Now he will face Thiem - the only player to beat him on clay in the past two years - in Sunday's final. In the victory, Thiem won 83 percent of his first serve points and 61 percent of his second serve points.

"That's why the guy was dominating clay-court tennis the last 14 years like no one else before and nobody ever will".

I won't be going in again and backing Thiem in the final, but I won't be trading out of my pre-tournament bet either.

Thiem will be keen to emulate Thomas Muster, the only Austrian man to reach, and win, the final at the French Open, back in 1995.

Del Potro edged the early exchanges even though the scoreboard showed parity, testing Nadal on his service games and earning six break points as a result.

Austria’s Dominic Thiem will meet Rafael Nadal in the French Open final Sunday. Thiem defeated Marco Cecchinato in Friday’s semifinal 7-5 7-6
Austria’s Dominic Thiem will meet Rafael Nadal in the French Open final Sunday. Thiem defeated Marco Cecchinato in Friday’s semifinal 7-5 7-6

Halep went all out in the first set but her bold strategy backfired badly as she hit 30 unforced errors.

"I lost three times until now and no one died", Halep said, "so it will be OK".

"I couldn't find the right person", del Potro said, laughing about the incident.

After del Potro served out his victory at love to get to his first semifinal at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament since 2009, he sat in his changeover seat, chest heaving. Applying this to Sunday's final, we might expect to see three or four sets, but are less likely to see five.

Regarded as Nadal's natural successor, Thiem unleashed a searing bombardment on the Italian before the contest became complicated. "I have gone a very long way now and I don't want to lose the finals; otherwise, it's not a very nice feeling".

"And if he would have won the tiebreak, he would be full power, for sure, in the third set".

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.

While a player's Grand Slam record is what is talked about most, the debate for the greatest single-surface player would be rendered incomplete without a look at their performance on the surface across tournaments.

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

The pair had resumed their quarter-final level at 5-5 in a first-set tie-break. However, the Spaniard has won both their clashes at Roland Garros - in 2014 and in last year's semi-finals by a comfortable 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 margin. Nadal has never been as vulnerable in a Roland Garrros final as he will be on Sunday.

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