Published: Sat, June 09, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

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

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

Argentine giant Del Potro was expected to push Nadal to the limit in Friday's semi-final but slumped to a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 defeat with the world number one reeling off 14 of the last 17 games.

French Open finalist Dominic Thiem on Friday described being forced to complete national service with the Austrian military as "a pain in the a***". Cecchinato took the first two sets to first-to-seven, but Thiem dominated him in the final set to win 7-5, 7-6 (12-10), 6-1. In the victory, Nadal won 61 percent of his first serve points and 55 percent of his second serve points. For Nadal, that happened when he was down a break at 3-2 in the second set, and the delay of a little less than an hour seemed to help him begin to change course against Schwartzman, a 5-foot-7 (1.70-meter) Argentine who was putting almost every shot right where he wanted to in the early stages. He will face Rafael Nadal in the semi-final. Without working hard and without going through tough moments and without still being focused on your passion of the game, it is impossible to be here. "It's so good for me, for my team, for my family".

Over the past two seasons, Nadal is 49-2 on red clay, with both losses coming against Thiem: in the quarterfinals at Rome in May 2017, and the quarterfinals at Madrid in May 2018.

"Once he gets ahead in the match, his confidence gets back", said Moya, the 1998 French Open champion.

"But I believe I will be ready for the final".

Del Potro dipped at the start of the third and Cilic had points for a double break but the burly Argentine, roared on by chants of "Delpo Delpo" recovered his drive to hit back from 0-2 and take the third set. He saved three set points in the second before winning an epic tiebreak, something which Cecchinato has become famous for this year at Roland Garros.

The fifth-seeded del Potro upset third-seed Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 to reach his first French Open semifinal in nine years. I had a lot of break points.

Yesh: It has been nearly a decade since del Potro made the semifinals here.

"Rafa served well and he made me run a lot". I continued the level of intensity that I played after the first stop. "He deserved to win".

Thiem, who beat Nadal in three sets in May, is ranked No. 8 in the world and will be playing in his first grand slam final.

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Of that set, Thiem said: "If I had lost it, it would have been a very close match".

"I don't give much attention to those studies".

"That was not a nice feeling". At his 24th Grand Slam final on Sunday, he will face Dominic Thiem, who earlier defeated the Italian, Marco Cechhinato.

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