Ruthless Nadal crushes Del Potro to reach final

French Open: Ruthless Rafael Nadal punishes Juan Martin del Potro in semi-final

Nadal overcomes nerves to meet del Potro in French Open semi-finals

The 29-year-old missed the event for four straight years before a third-round loss in 2017, but has regained fitness in recent months and reached the semi-finals at the US Open last year, where he lost to Nadal.

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro said that he will have "nothing to lose" in his French Open semi-final clash with Rafael Nadal on Friday, after not even knowing whether he would play in the days before the tournament.

"But for me, at every tournament I believe that there are chances, limited chances in your career".

The world number one held serious discussions with coach Carlos Moyá in an intense session in the heat as he studiously went about his business. "I played so many matches, so I think it is normal".

Nadal's incredible record in Paris now reads 86 wins and two defeats.

As for Thiem, the 24-year-old is in his first Grand Slam final.

"The only way to beat Rafa on clay is to take risks... to over-achieve you have to over-play and risk more than you feel comfortable doing", Wilander said.

Thiem's fighting spirit was evident in abundance - he continued to put pressure on Nadal through his return game, while consistently scrapping to stave off perilous positions on his own serve - but ultimately the Spaniard's quality and, often, his sheer force of will, won the day.

"He's too strong. He's improving his backhand a lot".

"He looks fresh. He is healthy". This year marks another successful run at Roland Garros for the rising tennis star.

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On Friday, del Potro was by far the better player in the first set while, in the quarter-finals, Diego Schwartzman won the first set.

Thiem has been to the semifinals in Paris three years in a row.

At least Thiem has in the past found the key to unravelling the Nadal clay court enigma.

Cecchinato was understandably deflated - the third set lasted a mere 24 minutes - and Thiem officially booked his spot in the final, to his mother's delight. He beat me this year in Madrid with big power. "I know he's a great player". "I made three surgeries in my left wrist and I was close to quit (ting) this sport", Del Potro said, according to the Ronald Garros website. He likes the conditions more here than in Madrid, for sure.

Thiem insists he has a "plan" against Nadal, one which he hopes translates to the longer best-of-five set format.

Nadal and Thiem have met nine times - all of them on clay. In Wimbledon I lost against (Novak) Djokovic.

The second semi-final match of Roland Garros 2018 will not start before 3:30 pm local time, 7 pm IST and 2:30 pm BST.

Cecchinato said: "It was a special tournament for me".

After breaking Nadal's serve to take the ninth game, Schwartzman hit a forehand victor at 40-30 to take the first set 6-4. "If I want to beat him, I have to play that way like I did in Rome and in Madrid. It has to be a player that plays extremely well", said the Swede.

"I think for me it is very important today, because I playing against Dominic".

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