Published: Tue, June 12, 2018
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Nadal advances to 11th French Open final, will face Thiem for title

Nadal advances to 11th French Open final, will face Thiem for title

But those are not quite the same as the French Open, where Nadal is 86-2 for his career.

The first set was a tight affair, with Thiem claiming the decisive break in the 11th game but the Italian retained his composure to send the second to a tie-break.

Nadal will face Austrian Dominic Thiem for the championship on Sunday.

Nadal won the second set in 53 minutes. The diminutive shot maker halted Nadal's record of straight sets.

"When asked why he still felt stress before resuming on Thursday despite all of his past achievements, Nadal said: "(Because) I am a human person. After the rain interruption, Nadal leveled and was leading 5-3 and serving at 30-30 when play was suspended for the day.

Siniakova was the doubles runner-up at last year's U.S. Open with a different partner.

The 37-set run was Nadal's longest at the French Open, where the record of 41 was established by Bjorn Borg from 1978-81. Aggressive, doing winners, no mistakes. "Good tactics and mentality in the first set".

"I think that was my chance of the match", Del Potro said of the ninth game.

"If I want to beat him, I have to play that way like I did in Rome and in Madrid". So it was good for me that I won it I expect that he will be a really good player on clay.

Both players also held their nerve early on during the semi-final stage.

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The German left-hander had lost in the first round in the last two years.

Del Potro struck 31 winners and 19 aces, compared to Cilic's 53 and 18, respectively.

Halep has won five of her past nine matches against the 12th-seeded Kerber, including their most recent encounter in the Australian Open semifinals when she saved two match points.

Thiem is also the first Austrian to reach a grand slam final at Roland Garros since Thomas Muster's victory in 1995.

Nadal has dropped only one set so far in reaching the final - one more than he conceded in winning the 2017 title.

World number 72 Cecchinato stunned Roland Garros on Tuesday by following up his surprise wins over top-10 seeds David Goffin and Pablo Carreno Busta with a breathtaking victory against 12-time major champion Djokovic. He stormed through the next five games to take the set and move back into the lead.

Muguruza, a two-time major champion, entered the semifinals having not lost a set in the tournament.

But as the Spaniard struggled to win points on his first serve, he was broken again for 5-4 and Schwartzman served for the set. "I was always wanting to win", Schwartzman said.

Nadal simply had too much power and consistency for Argentina's fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro in the match that followed.

Romania's Simona Halep will first play American Sloane Stephens in the women's singles final tomorrow.

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