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Nadal beats Thiem in straight sets for 11th French Open title — NewsAlert

Nadal beats Thiem in straight sets for 11th French Open title — NewsAlert

"He was a little unfortunate‚" said Nadal who reeled off 14 of the last 17 games‚ having seen Del Potro fail to convert any of his seven break points.

World number one Nadal edged a tight first set against Del Potro, but then simply blew the fifth seed away.

Juan Martin del Potro set up a fascinating semi-final tie with Rafael Nadal after battling past Marin Cilic at Roland Garros.

Thiem was on the couch, watching on TV, in 2005, when Nadal earned his first Grand Slam trophy in Paris at age 19. "I don't know if I will win, but I will take big love from you and that's most important for me". Injuries have hindered the Spaniard's Wimbledon campaigns in recent years but assuming he comes through Sunday's final unscathed he could yet mount an assault on the SW19 title he has won twice before.

"It's impossible without hard work and going through tough moments".

Thiem's growing expertise on clay, as well as his recent winning form, should warn Nadal this final will be far from easy.

"I don't have any obligation to win, first thing".

It will be back-to-back Argentine opposition for world No. 1 Nadal after he defeated Diego Schwartzman earlier on Thursday as he continues his chase for an 11th French Open title.

The No. 7-seeded Thiem, a 24-year-old from Austria, is appearing in his first Grand Slam final. He impressively recovered from a slow start to make the first set close.

The victor will face either Juan Martin del Potro or Marin Cilic, who were locked at 5-5 in a first-set tiebreak.

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"To beat him on clay, I would say the only chance for any player now is to be really aggressive".

If Austrian Dominic Thiem does win on Sunday in what will be his first Grand Slam final he will join Novak Djokovic and Robin Soderling as the only two players to down Nadal on his favourite claycourt battleground.

Sharapova didn't need to play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated match with an injured chest muscle.

Nadal‚ a 16-time Grand Slam champion‚ claimed his 85th win in Paris against just two losses after weathering a big-hitting opening from 2009 US Open victor Del Potro to win 6-4‚ 6-1‚ 6-2.

"I was a bit lucky", said Nadal, who is 10-0 in French Open semifinals and 10-0 in finals at the tournament.

But Thiem, unusually standing up to Nadal's first serve, forced two break points in the next game and converted the second with a flashing forehand into the right corner. "I missed a lot at the beginning of the match".

The dramatic comeback from a set and break down against Schwartzman in the last eight proved Nadal's competitive desire is as strong as ever.

At least Thiem has in the past found the key to unravelling the Nadal clay court enigma.

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

Muguruza raced to a 4-0 lead and never looked back. Nadal won three games in a row after returning to court, but the match was stopped again in the ninth game. - Halep, after claiming her maiden Grand Slam title.


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