Tuesday, 20 November, 2018

Thiem ends Cecchinato's French Open dream run

Juan Martin del Potro serves against Marin Cilic Juan Martin del Potro serves against Marin Cilic Credit AFP
Sidney Guerrero | 12 June, 2018, 23:33

Sloane Stephens' clash with Madison Keys represented a rematch of the 2017 US Open final, which Stephens won.

That began a run of four consecutive French Open triumphs through 2008. "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.

Another rain delay sent the players off court and shortly afterwards play was suspended for the day.

The boys' final at the French Open will pit top-seeded Sebastien Baez of Argentina against Chun Hsin Tseng from Taiwan.

"The first set was very hard, there were lots of opportunities for Juan Martin del Potro and I was perhaps a little lucky to win it", Nadal said afterwards.

"Yeah, if I won the second set, I think is totally different the third set", he said. The No. 1-ranked Nadal quickly announced Thursday that he was not going to be as passive as he was in the early going against 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, seizing 12 of the initial 13 points after they stepped out under a blue sky and pulling away for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory at Court Philippe Chatrier. "It was nearly impossible to beat Nadal".

Schwartzman had the first advantage but dropped on a forehand shot.

Nadal is now 85-2 for his career at Roland Garros, with a record 10 championships.

"I saved two set points and luckily I won it".

Dabrowski, a 26-year-old from Ottawa, and Pavic dropped the first set against Taiwan's Latisha Chan and Croatia's Ivan Dodig 6-1 but came back to win the second 7-6 (5).

"At the beginning yesterday there were no options to open the court, to win points".

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The Czech pair beat second-seeded Andrea Sestini Hlavackova and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-2. She reacted well to limit her mistakes while staying aggressive on her German opponent's service games.

"He was playing great, and I was playing too defensive. But I think we always compete well and play good matches".

Thiem was on the couch, watching on TV, in 2005, when Nadal earned his first Grand Slam trophy in Paris at age 19.

This included a quarter-final success in Madrid last month.

But Del Potro bided his time, applied some pressure at 5-5 and Australian Open runner-up Cilic cracked.

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.

The fifth seed‚ playing in his first Roland Garros semi-final in nine years‚ had three break points in the third game and three more in the ninth. Looking at the bigger picture, Nadal hadn't ceded a set in Paris since 2015, when he lost to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. By comparison, Nadal has won 16 majors. Yesterday I was not able to do so.

Thiem then held his serve at love for a 2-0 lead.

"And you have to somehow have enough respect for the record and Rafa to say 'to overachieve I have to. risk more than I feel comfortable doing".

Muguruza, a two-time major champion, entered the semifinals having not lost a set in the tournament. After a harrowing first two sets, Thiem needed only 21 minutes to win the clinching set.

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