Tuesday, 19 June, 2018

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

Rafael Nadal lost his first set at Roland Garros since 2015 Rafael Nadal lost his first set at Roland Garros since 2015
Lucia Summers | 10 June, 2018, 13:28

He buckled at 5-5 though and sent a backhand long on break point, leaving Del Potro to serve for the match, which he did easily as Cilic sent three more backhands out.

Thiem, the youngest man since Rafael Nadal to reach the final in Paris, reflected afterwards on the turning point of the afternoon as he ended Cecchinato's improbable fairy tale.

The 10-time Roland Garros champion was second-best in the first set, but the powerful Del Potro was unable to claim a solitary break as he was thrashed 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 on a glorious Friday in Paris.

The Austrian earned a place in his first grand-slam final with a 7-5, 7-6 (12-10), 6-1 victory over Italy's Marco Cecchinato.

While we have an edge here, I appreciate that backing a heavy odds-on shot isn't most people's cup of tea, so the game handicap should be a viable proposition.

"I am in a positive way always on court", Nadal said.

When del Potro avoided a bagel in the sixth game of the second, he raised his arms in celebration. That crucial early juncture altered the course of things, though. And I'm really happy to prove the people wrong, because all the guys who practiced the week or 10 days before Roland Garros, they are already at home for a week. But I get closer to them, just asking who was it? "I know I have to improve a little bit".

Del Potro insisted his hip had not troubled him during the match, instead putting the defeat down to one simple fact: "His game is too good for me". He missed the tournament every year from 2013-16 because of injuries, including three operations on his left wrist.

Thiem was quick to respond, reeling off the next three games to take the set in 46 minutes. "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. "I think he likes the conditions more here than in Madrid, for sure, and best of five is also a different story".

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Too good for almost everyone, nearly every time, on clay.

Thiem's ability to bully opponents from the baseline was on display in his 6-4, 6-2, 6-1 victory over No. 2 seed Alexander Zverev in the quarter-finals. He beat me in Madrid this year and he has great power. He lost to eventual champions Novak Djokovic in 2016 and Nadal in 2017.

Women's world No. 1 Simona Halep will chase her first Grand Slam title in Saturday's final against U.S. Open titleholder Sloane Stephens.

Nadal has dropped just one set in this year's tournament, in the quarter-final against Diego Schwartzman when he trailed by a set and a break in a rain-affected match.

More prize money is up for grabs than ever before at this year's French Open but it remains the least lucrative of the four Grand Slams for players to win. On the first date, Thiem defeated Nadal 6-4, 6-3.

"It was not a very nice feeling", Thiem told the Court Philippe Chatrier crowd afterward. Nadal won at Roland-Garros and took the US Open trophy in 2017.

Thiem weathered three set points for Cecchinato, at 7-6, 9-8 and 10-9. Thiem's 35 match-wins this year are the most of any man on the circuit.

At long last, Thiem converted his fifth set point when Cecchinato sent a forehand long.

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