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Nadal resumes French QF; Halep-Muguruza, Stephens-Keys in SF

Rafa Nadal is a set down Rafa Nadal is a set down
Rita Gibson | 12 June, 2018, 23:32

His semi-final win over Juan Martin del Potro meant Nadal equalled great rival Roger Federer in reaching 11 finals at a single grand slam, the Swiss having won eight Wimbledon titles and been runner-up three times.

Although he lost the first point of the fourth game, a ideal drop shot got Schwartzman to 15-all, and a backhand victor from followed by a drop shot gave Nadal a second break an 4-1 lead.

Expect Nadal to disrupt the serve of the budding "Prince of Clay" while holding firm with his own.

Dabrowski teamed with India's Rohan Bopanna to win last year's French Open mixed-doubles title and with Pavic to win the Australian Open mixed title earlier this year. "I felt that I was playing a little bit under more stress than usual, and he was able to take control of the point too many times", Nadal said about the match's start.

However‚ it was Del Potro who was in the ascendancy in the rallies in the first set. He took the game while Nadal held serve to lead 3-1. "Being in a final here is something I should rejoice about and be happy about", he said.

You don't get to a Grand Slam semi-final by accident.

Talking about Sharapova, in the press conference after the quarterfinal match lost, she also returned to Serena Williams' comments on some parts of her book: "It would have been odd for me not to talk about someone I've played against so many years".

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.

Increasingly frustrated at Cecchinato's resistance, Thiem lost his composure completely in the second set. "When I coached Rafael, it looked like a coach, but I was more an uncle".

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Top seed Nadal has an impressive record at the Roland Garros, winning 85 of his 87 matches played in the annual tournament so far.

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

The top-ranked Spaniard will next face another Argentine in Juan Martin del Potro, who upset third-seeded Croatian Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.

He is the only man to beat the world number one on clay in the last two years - in Madrid this spring and in Rome last year. The world No. 12 won a set off the Spaniard, marking the end of Nadal's 37-set win streak in Paris.

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

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

Nadal acknowledged that Thiem has been a "very complex" opponent.

The first set was a tight affair, with Thiem claiming the decisive break in the 11th game but the Italian retained his composure to send the second to a tie-break. 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.

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