Imperious Nadal Downs Thiem To Claim 11th Roland Garros Title

Rafael Nadal in action against Diego Schwartzman

Rafael Nadal in action against Diego Schwartzman

Tomorrow men's singles quarterfinals and women's singles semifinals!.

"The second set tie-break was the big key to the match, 100 per cent, because obviously he felt all the matches from the past two weeks after that", said Thiem, according to ATP's website. Cilic is serving at love-30 in the 11th game.

That was swatted away with Nadal's double-handed backhand, though, and the second set duly went the way of the favourite. The final score was 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in Nadal's favour.

"To beat him in five sets on clay is hard".

It was a very different story when the contest resumed on Thursday in drier conditions as Nadal won 12 of the first 13 points before cruising into the last four. However, no player handles the pressure in Paris as well as Nadal, who holds the head-to-head edge over his opponent having won six of nine games against Thiem.

In the last-16, she dropped just three games to see off Australian Open semi-finalist Elise Mertens in under an hour.

The 37-set run was Nadal's longest at the French Open.

And despite a late stutter as Schwartzman saved three match points, Nadal wrapped up victory to keep alive his hopes of equalling Margaret Court's record of winning a single Grand Slam singles title 11 times. Aggressive, doing winners, no mistakes.

"It was a very hard first set and Juan Martin had lots of opportunities. I'm so happy to be in the final again", said Nadal afterward. I know I have to play my best if I want to have chances.


He put out seeded players Pablo Carreno Busta and David Goffin before the seismic shock of knocking out 2016 champion Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

But it took Muguruza quite a while to get going against Halep, who managed to keep sending ball after ball back over the net.

Top-ranked Simona Halep has leveled at one set-all in her French Open quarterfinal against Angelique Kerber of Germany.

"It's tough to speak now", said an emotional Del Potro.

Otherwise, he stayed steady in a 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 3 Marin Cilic in a matchup between two past U.S. Open champions. It will be familiar territory for Thiem, though, who is playing in his third straight semifinal here and will be confident of reaching his first major final anywhere. "He waits for the second serve to come to him, he's so far back that Nadal hits a drop shot, two in a row".

Nadal's incredible record in Paris now reads 86 wins and two defeats. That led to 34 winners (eight more than Nadal) but also 42 unforced errors (18 more than Nadal). "When you write an autobiography, I do not think there is any reason to tell something that was not true".

"He's playing with big confidence, winning the Lyon Open before Roland Garros and playing some great matches here. So it was good for me that I won it".

Next up for Thiem is either Nadal, who is eyeing his 11th French Open title, or Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.

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