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Nadal eyes 11th French Open title as clock ticks

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Nadal walks off court for the second time due to rain in Paris

Notably, Thiem is the only player to have tasted success against Nadal on clay over the last two seasons.

Caty McNally and Cori Gauff will meet in an all-American girls' final at the French Open after winning their semifinals.

Rafael Nadal celebrates a point against Juan Martin Del Potro in the French Open semifinals on June 8. His appetite was audible in the long, trailing groans of effort that echoed around the old concrete stadium.

"I'd love to build this up to say Thiem has a real chance and that it will be nip and tuck". "I lost a lot of opportunities for injuries, and I know the years are going quick".

"He's one of the best players in the world on this surface", Nadal told reporters.

"Just thinking in a positive way and just thinking that I have to hold".

Dominic Thiem ended Marco Cecchinato's French Open fairytale on Friday, reaching his first Grand Slam final with a 7-5, 7-6 (10), 6-1 victory.

While Thiem and Nadal are nearly spot on in their serving percentages this tournament, Nadal's returning has tended to be a little sharper and he will look to neutralise that aspect of the Austrian's game by getting balls back. He is 110-2 in all best-of-five matches on red clay.

Charmingly, despite Nadal's accomplishments, he's still prone to nerves when he steps on center court here.

Thiem went for the jugular in the third set and after racing to a 4-0 lead in double quick, he finished off the job to reach his first Grand Slam final. "It was very hard to stop that", Nadal told reporters.

Del Potro did everything right against Nadal in that opener, except actually winning the set.

"The big key was the second-set tiebreak because it was very close and I saved I think three set points", Thiem said after the match.

By the absurd standards Nadal has set here, even facing those break points amount to a lapse, as does the opening set he dropped to the terrier-like Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals. "He's not going to last.' But my idea behind this is that to prepare people for handling high pressure, physically and mentally, you have to put them under pressure, well dosed, not too much and not too little, but under pressure".

In 51 matches across 2017 and 2018 on the dirt, Nadal has lost twice. He looks like he is nearly back to his best this season having picked up two titles, which includes winning his first Masters Series title with a three set win over Federer at Indian Wells.

Cecchinato had never won a Grand Slam match before this year's Roland Garros but made the semis with a string of stunning wins. But the chance to set the bar so high in terms of Roland Garros titles as to make it unassailable?

She will meet current U.S. Open champion Sloane Stephens after the 25-year-old world No. 10 dismissed compatriot Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4, in a repeat of last year's American major final in NY.

Thiem is the only man to defeat 10-time French Open champion Nadal on clay this season.

The pivotal part of the match was the second-set tiebreaker.

"It really works for him", O'Shannessy said. We see each other every year in Vienna. He is in the age of improvement. 'If I want to beat him, I have to play that way like I did in Rome and in Madrid.

But Philippe Chatrier "is his court", a smiling Moya said of Nadal.

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