If anyone can take down Rafa at Roland Garros, it's Dominic Thiem

If anyone can take down Rafa at Roland Garros, it's Dominic Thiem

Nadal wrapped up that set by winning the first two points played Thursday and he was on his way, never relenting.

Rafael Nadal stormed into an unprecedented 11th French Open final with a crushing straight-sets victory over a forlorn Juan Martin del Potro.

The 16-year-old McNally, who is unseeded, beat Iga Swiatek of Poland 3-6, 7-6 (6), 6-4.

"That was definitely the key", Cecchinato said. Nadal racked up 18 winners in the fourth set to capture the match, ultimately overpowering Schwartzman.

But Nadal, 32, is nothing if not a hard worker who loves a challenge, and even if winning another French Open would hardly be a novelty, that should not diminish the achievement.

"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.

Nadal said he was a "bit lucky" the match was halted by rain.

Breaking serve in the first game and bouncing to a 4-2 lead, Thiem controlled proceedings before Cecchinato reeled off the next three games with trademark flair and adventure.

The world number one not only seems to have an inexhaustible supply of energy to keep on going in a best-of-five-set-match on clay but his topspin forehand is also favored by the Paris conditions.

When it comes to the red clay of Roland Garros, Rafael Nadal has been nothing short of perfection.

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She twice has lost in the final at Roland Garros - to Maria Sharapova in 2014 and to Jelena Ostapenko in 2017 - and was the runner-up to Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open in January.

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.

When play resumed on Thursday, however, Nadal returned to his dominance at Roland-Garros. He looks like he is nearly back to his best this season having picked up two titles, which includes winning his first Masters Series title with a three set win over Federer at Indian Wells. "I was very scared but that's sport".

"This is one of my favourite tournaments and I'm looking forward to Saturday". He played Juan Martin del Porto and defeated him 6-4,6-1,6-2. However, after the game, Nadal revealed that he was struggling against Del Potro in the first set.

Top-ranked Simona Halep will have another shot in the French Open final.

Having never beaten the Spaniard on his favoured surface, it felt like he needed to seize the opening set to maximise his chances of causing an upset.

Garbine Muguruza overwhelmed Maria Sharapova 6-2, 6-1 in a matchup of past French Open champions to reach the semifinals.

Del Potro, playing in the semi-finals for the first time since losing to Roger Federer in 2009, was 0-40 ahead on Nadal's serve at 1-1 but could not press home the break and worryingly appeared to hurt his hip at deuce in that 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.

Schwartzman took the opening set 6-4, ending Nadal's streak of 37 consecutive completed sets at Roland Garros before rain arrived on Wednesday.

In the women's last-eight, Maria Sharapova faces fellow former Paris champion Garbine Muguruza.

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