Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Four thoughts on the men's semis at Roland Garros

Four thoughts on the men's semis at Roland Garros

Rafael Nadal improved to 11-0 in French Open semifinals as he seeks his 11th title at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament, saving all seven break points he faced and overwhelming 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.

Argentine Del Potro often had Nadal in trouble in a ferocious first set but paid heavily for failing to convert any of the six break points that came his way at 1-1 and 4-4.

Brett: I don't know if Rafael Nadal would've lost to Diego Schwartzman if there wasn't the delay, but the delay certainly didn't hurt the ten-time Roland Garros champion. For me it's incredible. "I am a little bit fortunate to win the first set". And from tomorrow on, I will do what I have to do to get ready for Sunday. Roger Federer (Wimbledon) and Jimmy Connors (US Open) are the others.

The last time Del Potro contended a Grand Slam final, he won it at the 2009 US Open. "But I guess the way he's been playing the last three sets yesterday and the last two sets today is going to help give him confidence", said Moya on Friday. "It may sound easy and logical, but I don't want it to be. It was nearly impossible to beat him", del Potro said.

The world No 1 faces Del Potro who has made the last-four for the first time in nine years.

Nadal has dropped just one set en route to the final while Thiem lost three - one against each of Stefanos Tsitsipas (round two), Matteo Berrettini (round three) and Kei Nishikori (round four).

Croatian Cilic played an very bad game when serving for the set, making four unforced errors, but he was gifted another chance to serve for the set after breaking Del Potro again and levelled the match at the second time of asking.

"If I'd won the second set I think it is totally different, the third set", he said. I had a lot of break points.

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"I'm facing Rafa so I'm not the one who has the pressure", said Thiem.

"It's been a long time without a good feeling with my body", an emotional Del Potro said in an on-court interview.

"He's been a very complex opponent".

Thiem has played with great authority and Wilander thinks he could also worry Nadal in the final, should they meet.

Cecchinato's career has been tainted by his involvement in a match-fixing scandal; he was banned for 18 months in 2016 before having the suspension overturned. However, Thiem was the better player in the big moments. The most recent meeting was in this years Rome Masters, a match Thiem won in straight sets.

In the first semifinal, Dominic Thiem ended Cecchinato's Cinderella run via a 7-5, 7-6 (10), 6-1 victory.

At long last, Thiem converted his fifth set point when Cecchinato sent a forehand long. Thiem has split his last 10 final appearances and is 8-5 in career final appearances on clay.

Regardless of result against Halep, the 25-year-old Stephens will become the first American to break into the top five in the WTA rankings since Lindsay Davenport - Keys's coach - in 2006.

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