Published: Sun, June 10, 2018
Sports | By Juana Wells

'A little hope': Nadal vs Thiem in French Open final

'A little hope': Nadal vs Thiem in French Open final

Next up on Philippe-Chatrier was Nadal-the King of Clay on his court-and he delivered a terrific performance, making del Potro look patently average en route to a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory. Thiem has a chance to win his third title of the year and his 11th for his career.

"And I had a lot of break points in the first set".

We picked up a victor in Friday's semi-final with Rafa Nadal comprehensively thrashing Juan Martin Del Potro, to cover the -6.5 game handicap easily.

The statistics illustrate Nadal's concerns: He has missed at least eight Slam tournaments in his career through a legacy of wrist and knee problems. "But I'm also aware that here it's tougher", said Thiem, the first Austrian in a major final since Thomas Muster won in Paris in 1995. 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. I couldn't find the right person.

The 24-year-old Thiem was the last player to get the better of Nadal, too, last month at the Madrid Open.

Meanwhile Austria's Dominic Thiem is bidding to reach his maiden Grand Slam final against surprise semifinalist Marco Cecchinato of Italy.

But the Spaniard was impressive on Friday, finishing with 35 winners and 19 unforced errors to Del Potro's analysis of 20 and 32.

"I played more aggressive", Nadal said, adding: "In my opinion, the match changed, no?" I believe I can be ready for that final. Del Potro saved two set points to avoid a bagel, but a rampant Nadal charged in at every opportunity and served out the set in commanding fashion. He looks like he is nearly back to his best this season having picked up two titles, which includes winning his first Masters Series title with a three set win over Federer at Indian Wells. I'm not sure how you bet against that.

The 29-year-old powerhouse´s eighth successive defeat of Cilic set up a clash with 10-times champion Rafael Nadal.

He suffered a worrying power cut in the second set, slipping to 5-0 down on a double break, wasting his seventh break point out of seven on the way.

Coincidentally, the only time he has looked in any danger was on day 11 when Diego Schwartzman, the 11th seed, took the only set of the tournament off him.

Del Potro came out swinging and the defending champion had to show great resistance to save three break points in the third game. Del Potro has achieved great victories this year. I mean, Dominic beat Rafa in Madrid.

"Even if it was 6-3 6-4, it was an uncomfortable match for me", Nadal said. "He deserved to win". The Italian had never won a major singles match heading into the tournament, but he took the scalp of Djokovic to reach this stage. According to ESPN Stats & Information, he can become the fourth man in the Open Era to win three or more majors after his 30th birthday, joining Rod Laver, Ken Rosewall and Roger Federer. "This is my favorite grand slam and hopefully I will be better than a year ago".

When and where will be the French Open 2018 women's final be played? I think also it's a good thing that I faced him already twice here.

"He's been a very complex opponent, and one of the best players in the world on this surface".

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