Rafael Nadal reaches record 11th French Open final

09 June 2018, 08:29 | Kristine Mills

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The 10-time champion lost the first set 6-4 to the impressive Argentine Wednesday, but returned under sunny skies Thursday to win the next three sets 6-3 6-2 6-2 to reach the French Open semifinals. The second set like, the first was dominated by serve until Cilic fired himself up to break at 4-4 - a furious Del Potro throwing his racket at the changeover.

Rafael Nadal is coming off a straight sets win over Juan Martín del Potro that took 25 games to decide.

Nadal, 32, won 6-4 6-1 6-2 to set up a meeting with Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem in Sunday's final.

Yesh: It has been nearly a decade since del Potro made the semifinals here. It is nice to get the two best clay courters possible in Sunday's final.

"He's an incredible player", Nadal said.

Relentless Nadal broke to love at the start of the third, and as he moved on to match point an exhausted Del Potro paused for breath, bent double, as if he had been punched in the stomach. He required treatment on a hip problem suffered early in the first set and visibly wilted in the second, raising his arms in mock celebration when he won a solitary game while already 5-0 behind.

The Austrian will face the victor of Juan Martin del Potro and Rafael Nadal.

However, Nadal leads their overall head-to-head 6-3 with all of their encounters coming on clay. I always hear from players that in a match they will do it differently, but if you don't practice that way, you are not going to do it in the heat of the battle. However, he was beaten in the most recent - the US Open semi-final past year - and has lost nine of their 14 matches overall.

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Del Potro certainly has a game big enough to trouble anyone when he's on song - even Nadal - so it's really a question of how much he has left in the tank after playing close to four hours across two days against Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals.

He made it to the semifinals at the French Open in each of the previous two years and has consistently been on the brink of quarterfinal appearances in all other Grand Slams as well.

Asked about facing Nadal, who he has beaten five out of 14 times but never on clay, he was drowned out by his fans.

Del Potro will be playing in a Grand Slam semi-final for the fifth time when he steps onto Court Philippe Chatrier, with a place in the final against either surprise package Marco Cecchinato or Dominic Thiem up for grabs.

"After the first rain delay, the match changed a lot because I played more aggressive with high intensity and things were more on my side", Nadal said. I'm happy to play the final again at my favourite grand slam. "But I think he's very enthusiastic".

Cecchinato's bid to become the spoiler's spoiler ended, for all intents and purposes, when he was unable to convert any of three set points in an entertaining second-set tiebreaker that was the middle chapter of Thiem's 7-5, 7-6 (10), 6-1 win. Cecchinato was accused of match-fixing and suspended for 18 months in 2016, but he appealed, and his punishment was dropped on a technicality.

Del Potro found the breakthrough at 5-5 in a tight fourth set, when Cilic sent a backhand long to give him a break and he went on to serve out the match.



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