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Nadal: Quarter-final rain delay gave me more clarity

Nadal: Quarter-final rain delay gave me more clarity

While Thiem beat Marco Cecchinato in first semi-final to reach his first Grand Slam final.

"I don't know if I will win, but I will take a big love from you and that's the most important for me", he said. Nadal is 49-0 against everyone else on his preferred surface in 2017 and 2018.

Thiem's growing expertise on clay, as well as his recent winning form, should warn Nadal this final will be far from easy. The matchup was the first All-American semifinal match at Roland Garros since 2002.

"Even if it was 6-3 6-4, it was an uncomfortable match for me".

Earlier, the Japanese duo won 6-2, 6-2 against Hao-Ching Chan of Taiwan and Zhaoxuan Yang of China 6-2, 6-2. The Spaniard, on the score 4-6 5-3 against Diego Schwartzman, will need to recharge the batteries in view of the resumption of the match, on Thursday at 12:00 French hours. No. 10 Sloane Stephens beat No. 13 Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4. Both players dropped serve four times.

One of those victories came against Thiem in last year's semi-final and was, if anything, more comprehensive than this one.

He left Del Potro trailing in a cloud of Parisian clay dust to set up a final against Dominic Thiem on Sunday.

This was not the case during the first two tight sets between the Thiem and Cecchinato.

Cilic responded well to level the match and seemed to assume control as he broke early in the third.

Thiem's fighting spirit was evident in abundance - he continued to put pressure on Nadal through his return game, while consistently scrapping to stave off perilous positions on his own serve - but ultimately the Spaniard's quality and, often, his sheer force of will, won the day.

Nadal is now just the second man to reach 11 finals at the same Slam‚ equalling Roger Federer's mark at Wimbledon.




"It was a very hard match, Diego is a good friend and a good player", said the 16-time Grand Slam champion.

"It's always a pleasure playing him in a Grand Slam".

Otherwise, he stayed steady in a 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 3 Marin Cilic in a matchup between two past U.S. Open champions.

But they face stiff competition in the final against Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut. But now I am so happy.

The No. 3-seeded Muguruza had lost all three previous meetings against Sharapova, who won two of her five Grand Slam titles at Roland Garros.

Thiem has been to the semifinals in Paris three years in a row.

It was the Austrian's third consecutive appearance in the semifinals at Roland Garros.

Thiem will start as the underdog in his first major final, but the 24-year-old has beaten his 32-year-old opponent on clay.

The 25-year-old was banned for match-fixing in 2016, a penalty overturned on appeal. Their semifinal is later Friday. It gave Nadal a break point he converted when Schwartzman sailed a forehand long.

A visibly dejected Schwartzman took only one point on his serve before losing the fifth game while Nadal held to lead 5-1. Schwartzman, who hit 20 winners in the first set, had only 17 in the final three.

At least year's US Open, Schwartzman was the shortest quarterfinalist in 23 years.


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