The French Open men’s singles final will pit 10-time champion Rafael Nadal against Austria’s Dominic Thiem, as the No. 1 and No. 7 seeds, respectively, powered their way through the semifinals on Friday.
Thiem was up first, and ended the magical run of Italy’s Marco Cecchinato with a 7-5, 7-6(10), 6-1 victory.
“The second set tiebreak was the big key to the match, 100 percent,” said Thiem, who saved three set points in the breaker. “Because obviously he felt all the matches from the past two weeks after that. If he would have won the tiebreak, he would have been at full power, for sure, in the third set. So it was good for me that I won it.”
Thiem is the first Austrian to reach the final at Roland Garros since Thomas Muster won it all in 1995.
Soon after, Nadal took on No. 5 seed Juan Martin del Potro, and once again displayed his dominance on clay, downing an in-form del Potro 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.
“I have a very difficult match against a player that is playing great,” said Nadal. “I know I have to play my best if I want to have chances. The good thing is that I played a lot of good matches this clay court season. So Sunday is the day to give my best, is the day to increase my level even a little bit more.”
Nadal is 6-3 all-time against Thiem.