Krejcikova, Siniakova win French Open doubles

Rafael Nadal in action against Diego Schwartzman

Nadal, by contrast, had not had a sniff on Del Potro's serve until, at 5-4, two swishes of his forehand forced two set points, the second of which he converted when the Argentinian netted.

Nadal is looking as comfortable as ever on the Philippe Chatrier court where has previously won the title 10 times.

So if anyone could head into the French Open final with even the slightest reason to think there's a chance of preventing Nadal from winning a record-extending 11th championship at Roland Garros, it is his opponent Sunday. "But I think he's very enthusiastic".

So nerves could come into play in the early going against Nadal, who will be bidding for his 17th major title overall.

"It is going to be tough one but I'm going to fight". In fact, Schwartzman became the first man in the tournament to win a set against the Spaniard.

Seventh seed Thiem is the first Austrian to make a final at the majors since Thomas Muster was champion in Paris in 1995.

For Del Potro it's just his second appearance at this stage in Paris and first for nine years. "I was always wanting to win", Schwartzman said.

The only man to beat Rafael Nadal on clay this year was Dominic Thiem.

While Nadal's dominance in Paris can never be doubted, this year's inexorable march to the final has illustrated the paucity of genuine challengers, especially in the absence of Andy Murray and Roger Federer, and with Novak Djokovic being some way from his best after injury.

This was not the case during the first two tight sets between the Thiem and Cecchinato.

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"I am a human person", the Spaniard, who next faces Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, told reporters following his 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory.

The clay courts of Roland Garros host the second Grand Slam of the season.

Austria's Dominic Thiem on Friday put an end to the French Open dream run of Italy's Marco Cecchinato with a 7-5, 7-6 (12-10), 6-1 victiry, earning a place in a Grand Slam final for the first time. He appears poised to take home a title-win at the French Open at some point and this year could be it.

The Spanish ace dropped the first set and was down 3-2 in the second before a rain break swung the momentum in his favour.

"I have never entered a court just to enjoy the match".

Thiem‚ who was playing in his third successive French Open semi-final‚ admitted the second set had been a nervy encounter after needing five set points to get through it.

The pair went on serve in the fourth but a crucial late break proved to be the difference and he made no mistake in setting up a tie with Nadal.

"Thiem beat me in Madrid this year and played with big power". Stephens would break Keys again to improve her lead to 5-2 before being broken herself the next game and eventually serving out the match in the 10th game.

Halep went all out in the first set but her bold strategy backfired badly as she hit 30 unforced errors.

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