Nadal up against del Potro in French Open semis

Rafael Nadal has lost his first set at the French Open since 2015

Thiem will face either 10-time champion, and world No 1, Rafael Nadal or Juan Martin del Potro, the fifth-seeded Argentine, in Sunday's final.

He's the pretender to the throne of the King of Clay, but rising star Dominic Thiem has a chance to usurp Rafael Nadal after reaching his first French Open final.

Dominic Thiem reached his first Grand Slam final and ended the surprising French Open run of 72nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato of Italy.

"I came here without big expectations, just seeing how my body feels match by match", said del Potro.

Juan Martin del Potro took his frustration out on a fan during his quarterfinal Roland Garros encounter with Marin Cilic-though he couldn't quite figure out which spectator to zone in on.

Nadal's defence work, snaring his opponent into unforced errors, resulted in an early break in the second but Del Potro's service game deteriorated as he lost seven games on the spin to leave himself in need of a regroup, but it was one-way traffic. Thiem has been dominant on the serve, and he's looking to make the first Grand Slam final of his career.

And yet, insists Nadal: "I just go on court knowing that every match is hard, and I can lose and I can win".

"I have to play aggressively". During the ensuing changeover, the left-handed Nadal was treated by a trainer, who applied white tape to both of the No. 1-ranked Spaniard's wrists.

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Nadal reached five finals in a row between 2010 and 2014.

The 16-time major victor saw Schwartzman take a set off him in Paris for the first time since 2015, but Nadal survived a triple break-point before an injure scare to Del Potro appeared to swing the momentum away from the world number six.

When the players came back on for half an hour Nadal had rediscovered his serve and found his forehand, until at 5-3 30-15 the heavens opened again.

Del Potro was in the semi-finals for the first time since he recovered from three years of injury problems that made him contemplate quitting the sport.

"He was playing great, and I was playing too defensive".

Halep converted her first match point when Muguruza sent a final backhand long. We have officially run out of superlatives to describe this man's clay court greatness, and we've also run out of intra-tennis comparisons.

And after the overnight delay, he won the first three games in a row before going on to lose just four games in the remainder of the match. The two traded games the remainder of the set, allowing Stephens to seal it on her serve in the 10th game.

"The big key was the second set", he said.

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