Ruthless Nadal crushes Del Potro to reach final

Ruthless Nadal crushes Del Potro to reach final

Thiem reached his first grand slam final at Roland Garros with a comfortable defeat of Marco Cecchinato, meaning he will face Nadal after the 10-time victor swept aside Juan Martin del Potro in the second semi-final.

In the other remaining quarterfinal, which will continue Thursday at Court Suzanne Lenglen, No. 3 Marin Cilic and No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro were at 5-all in a first-set tie-breaker when the play-ending shower came.

Rafael Nadal admits that his desire to clinch an 11th French Open title on Sunday is fired by his growing realisation that the end of his career may not be too far away.

Anything can happen in a Grand Slam final.

"Now I do not have any words to describe this moment, it is so good for me, my team, my family".

But the Croatian is still one of the best players in the world, having lost both the Wimbledon and Australian Open finals to Roger Federer over the last 12 months.

Nadal for a place in the final.

He appeared to be in near peak form against del Potro - once the all important first set went in his favor. "I was always wanting to win", Schwartzman said.

The 16th-seeded Gauff, who is 14 years old, beat 15th-seeded Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada 6-4, 6-3.

By contrast, Thiem was competing in his maiden major final and although he matched his illustrious opponent for large parts of the opening set, he crumbled at the crunch and never really regained his poise.

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

"After the first set I just stayed strong, I did not give up at all", said Halep.

Nadal will face Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals.

The seventh seed, the first Austrian man to reach a Grand Slam final since Thomas Muster triumphed at Roland Garros in 1995, is the only player to beat Nadal on his favourite surface this season.

Sharapova didn't need to play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated match with an injured chest muscle.

Such is his motivation to win his 17th Grand Slam on Sunday, that the task facing Austrian 24-year-old Thiem was described as "almost impossible" by Del Potro. He won three consecutive sets to advance to the semifinals, and he did so emphatically.

"I am sure you will win here in the next couple of years", Nadal told Thiem afterward. Thiem withstood a barrage of break points to hold in a marathon sixth game, which he thought he had won at 40-30 when he left a wide ball, only for the umpire to overrule the line judge. "I missed a lot at the beginning of the match".

Barbora Krejcikova and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic have won the French Open for their first Grand Slam title in women's doubles.

A visibly dejected Schwartzman took only one point on his serve before losing the fifth game while Nadal held to lead 5-1.

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