Del Potro Can Trouble Nadal During Semi-Final Clash, Wilander Says

Del Potro Can Trouble Nadal During Semi-Final Clash, Wilander Says

King of Clay Rafael Nadal said he will have to be at his best to beat Dominic Thiem in Sunday's final at Roland Garros if he is to create more history and claim an 11th title.

On Friday, Del Potro was by far the better player in the first set, while in the quarter-finals, Diego Schwartzman won the first set of his clash with Nadal. After holding there, Nadal broke del Potro to take that set and was on his way, taking 14 of the past 17 games.

"I'm very happy to return to the final at Roland Garros", he said.

"I think it helps, definitely, knowing that you were the last guy to beat him", said Bresnik, whose association with Thiem spans more than 15 years.

"I played more aggressive".

"But for me, at every tournament I believe that there are chances, limited chances in your career".

Thiem's rise to the top continued when he ended unheralded Italian Marco Cecchinato's run to reach the final of the French Open with a 7-5 7-6 (10) 6-1 win on Friday.

Austria's Dominic Thiem will meet Rafael Nadal in the French Open final Sunday. I will try everything for my plan to work out here, not only in Madrid or in Rome. There were no breaks of serve through the 12 games, with Thiem earning three break points while giving away none. Nadal has also won six of his last eight grand slam final appearances and is 10-0 in French Open final appearances. "I know I have to improve a little bit".

After Simona Halep won a maiden grand slam in the women's singles yesterday, what chance does Dominic Thiem have this afternoon of making it a weekend of first-timers?

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This included a quarter-final success in Madrid last month.

Thiem is clearly a live underdog in this match based on the amount of experience he has against Nadal on clay and the fact he's won 33.3 percent of those matches on a surface nearly nobody beats him on. Nadal looked much better Thursday than Wednesday, but I think the Argentine has a big enough game-especially if the weather is overcast-to pull off the huge shocker.

Thiem had three set points at 6-3 but Cecchinato quashed them all and reversed a triple of set points in his favor, but he couldn't convert a tiebreaker win this time as Thiem moved ahead after two errors.

With his strong clay court play as of late, Nadal is not necessarily walking into this match the clearcut favorite.

He did not look unduly affected though and his heavy groundstrokes took a toll on Nadal, who rescued three more break points in the ninth game, one with a sublime drop shot.

Looking ahead to the final and recalling Thiem's victory over Nadal in Madrid, a exhausted del Potro uttered: "Maybe on Sunday (Thiem) can repeat".

This was Thiem's moment to finally break through to the next level - a Grand Slam final on a surface he plays his best on. All of their previous encounters have come on clay and the Austrian No. 7 seed knows what he needs to do if he wants to end Nadal's reign at the French Open.

Thiem weathered three set points for Cecchinato, at 7-6, 9-8 and 10-9. Thiem may well even take a set. Thiem got to 10-all with a drop shot of his own.

"That was definitely the key", Cecchinato said.

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