Thiem: I have a plan to stop Nadal

Thiem: I have a plan to stop Nadal

Thiem: I have a plan to stop Nadal

No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro fell to No. 1 Rafael Nadal after giving him all he had in the first set of their men's semifinal match-up on Friday. "I am a little bit fortunate to win the first set". But Nadal saved all six and broke in game 10 to take a one-set lead. Only one of his wins at Roland Garros this year has been decided via straight sets, but a common theme seems to be that he's got better as matches have got longer. The 24-year-old has reached the semi-final stage in the last two editions, but his record doesn't quite live up to the billing of a future great - and a potential successor to Rafael Nadal on clay.

In Saturday's women's final, No. 1 Simona Halep of Romania will face No. 10 Sloane Stephens of the United States.

"He's feeling a bit insecure maybe at the beginning and once he gets ahead in the match his confidence comes back".

Schwartzman is a rare sight in the modern men's game, standing just 5ft 7in, but his stature has not prevented him rising to a career-high 12th in the world rankings. But yes it happened in the last two matches. And I had my chances today, but I couldn't play my best because of him.

"We will talk about that [nervous starts]. It's going to be a tough one but I will fight all the way".

The plan is for Nadal to practice for one hour on Saturday morning and then rest all afternoon, Moya told Spanish radio station Cope. Being in a final here is something I should rejoice about and be happy about. "I'll pretend that I'm angry but it's a tactic". The 32-year-old is just 6-3 against Thiem in his career, and all three of those losses have come on clay.

Nadal did easily beat Thiem in the semifinals of the 2017 French Open, however, meaning he will have a significant advantage when they collide on Sunday. When he made a smelling-salts exit from the 2009 French Open on the middle Sunday, blasted around the court by the big Swede Robin Soderling in the fourth round, he stopped off on his way out of the premises, giving farewell hugs to the volunteers he'd met.

The key was the opening phase of play at the mid-day restart on Court Philippe Chatrier. "Still, I know how to play against him". So there is not 10 more chances to keep playing here.

Mallorca's finest: Nadal and Moya. Thiem will need all those shots, working perfectly, even more, when he comes up against the "King of Clay" Nadal in the final. "Of course, the rain helped stop the match and helped me think about the match, and that's a reality". However, I said that I'd be shocked if Cecchinato defeated Djokovic, and he managed that feat, so the Italian clay-courter can not be completely written off in advance.

Someone in the stands cried out during his serve, disrupting his focus as he double faulted and handed Cilic a critical break for 5-4 in the second set.

If Nadal's march toward an 11th championship at Roland Garros was going to be stopped on this day, things were going to have to go del Potro's way right then.

Last year, Nadal completed a "Decima" in Paris, lifting the trophy without dropping a set and losing just 35 games in total.

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