Nadal to clash with Thiem in final

Nadal to clash with Thiem in final

His uncle thought wrapping around Nadal's left forearm was too tight.

Nadal broke to take that set and was on his way, taking 14 of the last 17 games. At the following changeover, he was given a salt pill by a doctor and had his left forearm massaged by a trainer. He was not playing his best tennis.

It was the Austrian's third consecutive appearance in the semifinals at Roland Garros.

"If Thiem can do that and build enough hope in the first hour, hour and a half, maybe get the first set he can make it physical like he did in Madrid".

Only two players have managed to beat him so far at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament - Robin Soldering in the fourth round of the 2009 edition and Novak Djokovic in the quarter-final of 2015 edition.

Until 4-all, 15-all in the opening set, to be precise.

But that was only after Nadal had allowed him just two games in a last-eight mauling in Monte Carlo. Since then, the Spaniard has been imperious.

Had Cecchinato not tightened in the second set, when he held three set points, it might have been a different result.

Thiem is contesting his first Grand Slam final.

The second set tie-break proved to be decisive as the Italian player squandered three set points, having recovered from a 6-3 deficit, reports Efe.

And the underdog soon faded as Thiem kicked on, racing to two swift breaks in the third and rescuing two break points to serve out the match in style.

Nadal will retain the world number one ranking if he wins - but that will be the last thing on his mind.

Nadal had 12 unforced errors.

In the third game, Schwartzman missed three points in a row and then lost the game when he missed a drop attempt.

Former Real Madrid manager Zinedine Zidane is in the crowd enjoying a close-fought French Open final between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.

Thiem, 24, is showing no signs of nerves in his first Grand Slam final.

Time and time again opponents have failed to find a formula to beat the top seed, who strides onto Court Philippe Chatrier like he owns it.

Converted to dollars, the French Open's total offering comes out at $46.3m - ahead of Wimbledon's $45.6m and the Australian Open's $44.5m.

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

He still occasionally inconvenienced the reigning champion, not least when a deft drop shot brought up a point to break back at 2-4. "So there is not 10 more chances to keep playing here". At No. 72, he is the lowest-ranked French Open semifinalist since 1999.

Second-seeded Olivier Marach of Austria and Mate Pavic of Croatia are through to the French Open men's doubles final, beating 2016 champions Feliciano Lopez and Marc Lopez of Spain 6-4, 7-5.

Thiem led 6-3 but suddenly lost focus. Stephens won last year's US Open; Halep is 0-3 in major finals. The two stars have combined to win the past six Slams.

They knocked out the top-seeded pair of Timea Babos and Kristina Mladenovic in the quarterfinals.

Nadal is now 10-5 in his career against del Porto.

Nadal has an 84-2 win-loss record at Roland Garros.