Nadal looking for more to win 11th title

Nadal looking for more to win 11th title

The Spanish world number one edged a tight first set but then simply blew fifth seed Del Potro away.

Thiem went through one pivotal stretch against Cecchinato, a 25-year-old from Sicily who never had won a Grand Slam match until this tournament and was the lowest-ranked men's semi-finalist at the clay-court major in 19 years.

But before Thiem, the first Austrian man to reach a Major final since Thomas Muster triumphed at Roland Garros in 1995, finished off his 7-5, 7-6 (12-10), 6-1 victory to book his place in the final tomorrow, Cecchinato gave him quite a fight and a fright.

Thiem had too much, though, battling to take the first two sets and then cruising through the third to earn his shot at the title.

"And I had a lot of break points in the first set". The second was the No. 6 player in the world, Juan Martin del Potro, because facing Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros is about a hard a task as sport has to offer.

Nadal added Wimbledon crowns in 2008 and 2010, an Australian Open title in 2009 and completed the career Grand Slam in 2010 by defeating Djokovic in the US Open final, becoming the youngest in the Open era (since 1967) to complete the four-event career sweep.

Del Potro insisted his hip had not troubled him during the match, instead putting the defeat down to one simple fact: "His game is too good for me".

"I have to find it inside me and find the right options for Sunday, the options that will be the right ones to succeed".

Nadal is 6-3 head-to-head against Thiem, but they've split their two meetings this season. He played some unbelievable aggressive tennis to get through Djokovic in the quarters, just like he played incredible aggressive tennis to get to the quarters. He beat me in Madrid this year and he has great power. I believe I can be ready for that final. However, after the game, Nadal revealed that he was struggling against Del Potro in the first set. "I am a little bit fortunate to win the first set".

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'For me, the motivation to play here is always high, as high as possible, ' he said.

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.

Coincidentally, the only time he has looked in any danger was on day 11 when Diego Schwartzman, the 11th seed, took the only set of the tournament off him. Del Potro has achieved great victories this year. I'm not sure if Thiem and Rafa had a run in the Bois de Boulogne that Rafa would win.

Where do I watch the matches live on television? "He deserved to win". To get to 11-0 in French Open finals, he'll need to get past the only man who has beaten him on red clay over the last two seasons. "This is my favorite grand slam and hopefully I will be better than past year".

Nadal has won all 21 matches he's played from the semi-finals and beyond at the French Open.

"I think that was my chance of the match", del Potro said of the break points he held at 4-all in the opening set of Nadal's 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 blitz.

"Of course the chance is really small [for Thiem] but I think that DelPo kind of showed the way".

"When I missed that volley it wasn't a very nice feeling".

Cecchinato, who had not won a Grand Slam match before arriving in Paris, deployed the same kick serve, topspin groundstrokes and wicked drop shots that he had used to upset three seeded players, including former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, in a row.

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