Nadal aims for 11th title

Rafael Nadal's French Open set streak ends in quarterfinals

"For me, the motivation to play here always is high, high as possible", Nadal said after breezing past Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 in Friday's semi-finals in what was his 85th win in Paris against just two defeats.

Rafael Nadal rallied back to beat Argentina's Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 6-2 and conclude their rain-hit French Open quarterfinal on Thursday for a place in the elite final four.

"When you don't take your chances against the No. 1 in the world, you are are in trouble", del Porto said.

"It was a tough first set with opportunities for Juan Martin, I am fortunate that I won the first set and then I played more aggressively", Nadal, who equals Roger Federer's feat of reaching the final of a single Slam 11 times, said on court as fans chanted "Viva Espana".

The win continues Nadal's undefeated run on championship weekend in Roland Garros-the Spaniard has never lost in Paris after reaching the semifinals.

"I think it helps, definitely, knowing that you were the last guy to beat him", said Bresnik, whose association with Thiem spans more than 15 years.

The pivotal part of the match was the second-set tiebreaker in which both men played superbly - and both had chances to end it. Thiem went ahead 6-3, but wasted three set points there, including a bad volley into the net at 6-4 that left him chewing ruefully on his left index finger.

'I hope to be ready to do it.

Thiem is not only trying to overcome Nadal's massive psychological and experiential edge in his first-ever Grand Slam event final, but attempting to join an elite club of men who have elbowed their way into the Big Four's monopoly on major titles over the last 10 years.

Dominic Thiem has insisted that all the pressure will be on Rafael Nadal when the pair meet in Sunday's French Open final. I will try everything for my plan to work out here, not only in Madrid or in Rome.

However, the exchange - with over £1.2 million traded on the match already - has Nadal as a [1.26] favourite, which is around a 6% difference in implied odds percentage and certainly enough to be actionable value. The last time Del Potro contended a Grand Slam final, he won it at the 2009 US Open.

The first two sets saw the two players going neck to neck and playing excellent serves to gain valuable points.

It was the first time in three years that Nadal had dropped a set in Paris. Good thing is I played a lot of good matches this clay-court season. "I couldn't make it", said Del Potro.

This will be the 10th tour-level encounter between Nadal and Thiem.

But Checchinato could not quite keep up with Thiem and his big baseline game.

But Nadal, 32, is nothing if not a hard worker who loves a challenge, and even if winning another French Open would hardly be a novelty, that should not diminish the achievement.

Thiem battled to a 7-5 7-6 and then walloped a clearly dejected Cecchinato 6-1 in the third to qualify for the final after making the semi-final on three consecutive occasions. Thiem got to 10-all with a drop shot of his own. The most recent meeting was in this years Rome Masters, a match Thiem won in straight sets.

"That was definitely the key to the match", Cecchinato said.

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