Baez vs. Tseng in French Open boys' final

Baez vs. Tseng in French Open boys' final

Nadal crushed Juan Martin del Potro in straight sets in Friday's semi-final to book a place against Austrian hot prospect Dominic Thiem in Sunday's showpiece.

Seventh seed Thiem, who will be playing in his first grand slam final, is regarded as second only to Nadal on clay - albeit probably quite a distant second.

Argentine Del Potro often had Nadal in trouble in a ferocious first set but paid heavily for failing to convert any of the six break points that came his way at 1-1 and 4-4.

That he trailed by a set and a break before rain delays allowed him to change tactics and recover to get there?

Del Potro, playing in the semi-finals for the first time since losing to Roger Federer in 2009, was 0-40 ahead on Nadal's serve at 1-1 but could not press home the break and worryingly appeared to hurt his hip at deuce in that game.

"It is nearly impossible to beat Rafa", said Del Potro, who had his chances in the semi-final, but failed to convert any of his seven break points before his challenge petered out into tired hopelessness.

The winners of the men's and women's singles finals this weekend will both take home a tournament record €2.2m (£1.9m/$3.1m) for triumphing on the clay at Roland Garros.

Across the way at Court Suzanne Lenglen, No. 5 del Potro got distracted by a spectator right before a key double-fault, then marched over toward the stands to try to figure out who it was.

More news: ZTE will reportedly pay over $1 billion to lift U.S. ban
More news: Trump requested Saudi oil support before Iran nuclear decision
More news: India, China ink 2 MoUs, Xi accepts Modi’s invite for informal summit

"True, I understand that everybody here, you have to write things", he said.

The delay enabled Nadal to regroup and he turned the deficit into a 5-3 lead before a second stoppage ended play for the day.

Stream every match at Roland Garros live on the FOX+ app and catch up on highlights of any action you've missed. "I know he's a great player".

He probably felt as though he had been, as Nadal completed a devastating 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory.

'Still, I know how to play against him.

He has a season-leading 35 wins having played 13 tournaments in 2018.

"Today, all day, on the Philippe Chatrier court, the fans said "Forza, Marco", so I think this is the best moment for me", said Cecchinato after the match. In the other semi-final, Marco Cecchinato's odd run in the last two weeks was ended by Dominic Thiem, also in straight sets, although the first two sets were somewhat closer than anything Del Potro could muster. I'm going to play Wimbledon, of course, and then I will have to analyse the situation afterwards, when I will be ready to play. Nadal is 56-8 in final appearances on clay in her career and has won nine of his last 10 final appearances overall. I have been on court just couple of minutes ago.

'My feeling is on Sunday I have a very hard match against a player that is playing great, ' Nadal said after beating Del Potro. And I spoke to Dominic on Friday, and he made it clear to me that best-of-five at Roland Garros is so very different from best-of-three in Madrid. "But I'm also aware that here it's tougher", said Thiem, the first Austrian in a major final since Thomas Muster won in Paris in 1995. He is 10-0 in French Open finals and 77-0 at the tournament overall when he wins the first set, so getting a jump on him early - a tactic far easier to write about than to execute - would seem to be a fairly obvious strategy. "I don't want anyone to think that it's a routine".

Related Articles

  • Electronic Arts debuts PC game streaming service at E3 2018

    Electronic Arts debuts PC game streaming service at E3 2018

    Origin Access first launched back in 2016 , as a PC version of the original EA Access subscription scheme for Xbox One . This meant you could play games in the vault as they became available from Electronic Arts and other publishers.
    Gronkowski the horse finishes second at Belmont Stakes

    Gronkowski the horse finishes second at Belmont Stakes

    Instead, he powered to the front of the field on the sweeping Belmont track called "Big Sandy" and ran like a machine to the wire. Justify is undefeated in his five career races and will be the favourite going into Saturday's race.
    Salah: Coming Off Injured In UCL Final Worst Moment Of My Career

    Salah: Coming Off Injured In UCL Final Worst Moment Of My Career

    The 25-year-old Liverpool star suffered a shoulder injury in the Champions League final after a collision with Sergio Ramos . Not just going there, three games and thank you very much.
  • Kremlin floats Vienna as possible host of Trump-Putin meeting

    Tension between President Donald Trump and traditionally close US allies has overshadowed that global meeting. President Obama duly left such a letter for President Trump , as President Bush did eight years earlier.
    Gareth Bale tells Real Madrid he'll only leave for Premier League club

    Gareth Bale tells Real Madrid he'll only leave for Premier League club

    According to reports, Ronaldo is said to have "various dissatisfactions" with Real - including his wage packet which is said to be lower than Lionel Messi and Neymar's .
    Trump wants Russian Federation  to rejoin G-7

    Trump wants Russian Federation to rejoin G-7

    In a statement issued following Mr Trump's tweets, Mr Trudeau said he remained focus on what was accomplished at the G7 summit. The other G7 leaders will meet without Trump for the rest of the day, discussing climate change and global development.
  • Ministers water down changes to ‘meaningful’ Brexit vote

    Ministers water down changes to ‘meaningful’ Brexit vote

    One of his objections was that the backstop can't apply to the whole United Kingdom but must be specific to Northern Ireland. The Best for Britain campaign is partially funded by Hungarian-US billionaire George Soros, a vocal opponent of Brexit .
    Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

    Trump signals support for states deciding if pot is legal

    Prohibits the distribution of marijuana at transportation safety facilities such as rest areas and truck stops. Because of that, marijuana companies have several financial obstacles, including the inability to use banks.
    Jedi: Fallen Order - New Star Wars Game Coming from Respawn

    Jedi: Fallen Order - New Star Wars Game Coming from Respawn

    Jedi are insanely popular, and so maybe Star Wars Jedi: Fallen Order will give us an experience worthy of the Star Wars name. There's plenty of uncharted territory, and focusing on a Jedi trying to survive on the run is quite the intriguing prospect.
  • Steve Kerr predicted Warriors' Finals sweep during Houston series

    Steve Kerr predicted Warriors' Finals sweep during Houston series

    Also, it's highly unlikely that the Cavaliers will consider trading LeBron James for a package centered on Hassan Whiteside . Speculations have been at an all-time high regarding the star player leaving the team he put so much work into.
    McConnell cancels August Senate recess, leaving Democrats vulnerable

    McConnell cancels August Senate recess, leaving Democrats vulnerable

    Senate Democratic leaders said they welcomed the additional time to address health care costs, including prescription drug prices. Corker admitted that even with some bipartisan support, not every senator in his party would welcome this type of a bill.
    Royal newlyweds attend Queen's birthday parade

    Royal newlyweds attend Queen's birthday parade

    The royal sisters looked fabulous as they arrived in a horse-drawn carriage looking as stylish as ever in contrasting outfits. But now that Prince Philip, 97 on Sunday, has retired, she's taking relatives more and more frequently.