Rafael Nadal beats Del Petro in French Open

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In the victory, Nadal won 73 percent of his first serve points and 66 percent of his second serve points.

"Nadal is still playing at only seventy-five per cent efficiency and that, still, is good enough for him to beat tough opponents like Juan Martin del Potro". No. 10 Sloane Stephens beat No. 13 Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4.

Marco Cecchinato has dropped his first service game against seventh-seeded Dominic Thiem in their French Open semifinal.

"He's a big favourite against everybody", Thiem said. Rain meant that the final was completed on Monday which was tough on Djokovic who was a break up in the fourth set when the match was halted for the night.

"Once he gets ahead in the match, his confidence gets back", said Moya, the 1998 French Open champion.

"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. Facing a rampaging Rafael Nadal on clay is a threat any day, but on the terre battue of Court Philippe Chatrier is akin to running with the bulls. The Austrian has already won two titles (Lyon and Buenos Aires) this season and had also reached the final of Madrid Open last month. Thiem withstood a barrage of break points to hold in a marathon sixth game, which he thought he had won at 40-30 when he left a wide ball, only for the umpire to overrule the line judge. It is as simple as it is hard: Thiem will likely need the best match of his life to earn his first major tennis title.

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The final is on Sunday.

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.

Friday will be the second time Nadal and Del Potro meet at Roland Garros.

Play resumed on a sunny Court Suzanne Lenglen with the towering fifth and third seeds locked at 5-5 in the first set tiebreak after rain had curtailed their high-octane clash on Wednesday. "I missed a lot at the beginning of the match".

"Yeah, if I won the second set, I think is totally different the third set", he said.

It seems to me that the biggest problem is that others do not believe in themselves, in the sense that they are physically ready to fight five sets with him.

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After del Potro served out his victory at love to get to his first semifinal at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament since 2009, he sat in his changeover seat, chest heaving.

Top-ranked Simona Halep will have another shot in the French Open final. By winning it all, every three out of four times (or even better), they have inarguably dominated the surface during the peaks of their powers.

"I'm really, really happy that I won this match", said Halep, who lost to Jelena Ostapenko in the final past year.

Also back in action after a suspension was the quarterfinal between past U.S. Open champions Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro.

In the quarter-finals, he even dropped his first set in Paris since 2015 to Diego Schwartzman before sprinting to a four-set win.

His huge serve helped him to save set points too and he finally gained the upper hand to take a two-set lead.

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Nadal can become just the second male player in the Open era to reach 11 finals at the same Grand Slam tournament, equaling Roger Federer's record at Wimbledon. Nadal has never been as vulnerable in a Roland Garrros final as he will be on Sunday.

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