Thiem ends fearless Cecchinato's run to reach French Open final
- Author: Julie Sanders Jun 10, 2018,
Jun 10, 2018, 17:01
Truth is, there were not many the rest of the way, as Nadal finished with 35 winners and just 19 unforced errors.
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.
Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Juan Martín del Potro that took 25 games to decide.
"It's been a lot of years of playing and doing the same things every year".
The duo have met nine times throughout their career, all on clay, with Nadal taking six meetings to Thiem's three.
Nadal is 49-0 against everyone else on the surface over the past two years. He appears poised to take home a title-win at the French Open at some point and this year could be it.
"I've gone a very long way now and I don't want to lose the final, otherwise it's not a very nice feeling", he said.
Yang and Chan lost to Japanese pair of Hozumi Eri and Ninomiya Makoto 6-2, 6-2 in semifinals in 63 minutes.
It marks the world No. 6's first French Open semifinal since 2009.
Muguruza had hammered Maria Sharapova in the quarter-final but Halep was a different proposition entirely - and it seemed she knew it.
The 31-year-old cruised past fifth-seed Juan Martin del Potro this evening.
Steen: Del Potro will have a great shot as Nadal struggled a bit to start his match against Schwartzman. Both Nadal and Del Potro will be short on rest, so nobody has the advantage there.
"I'm really happy that I won this Grand Slam".
Marach and Pavic are going for their second straight major title together after winning the Australian Open in January.
The sixth-seeded Frenchmen have won two Grand Slams together.
Thiem, who was playing in his third successive French Open semi-final, admitted the second set had been a nervy encounter after needing five set points to get through it.
The third quickly disappeared as well and Cecchinato had set points of his own, but Thiem finally put the Italian away before going on to win 7-5 7-6 (12/10) 6-1. But the chance to set the bar so high in terms of Roland Garros titles as to make it unassailable?
Asked if he felt in "steamroller mode" heading into the final, Nadal said: "I can't tell you, I'm just in the finals".
Then again, Thiem upended Nadal in Rome a year ago before being thumped by the Spaniard in the French Open semifinals weeks later 6-3 6-4 6-0.
Thiem has won 7-5 6-3 and lost creditably 7-6 6-4 in Madrid, and won 6-4 6-3 in Rome.
At No. 72, Cecchinato was the lowest-ranked men's semifinalist at the French Open since 1999. Thiem defeated Marco Cecchinato in Friday's semifinal, 7-5, 7-6 (10),.
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. "Good tactics and mentality in the first set". If you were laying odds at the beginning of the tournament, Thiem was nowhere near the seventh favorite (he's seeded No. 7).
In 2016, Cecchinato was accused of match-fixing but an 18-month suspension was thrown out on a technicality.