Krejcikova, Siniakova win French Open doubles

GETTYRafael Nadal is in the French Open quarter-finals

Nadal and Thiem will clash at Roland Garros in Sunday night's final in the battle between ruling monarch and heir apparent.

"Because if you stay behind the baseline against Dominic, he can take advantage of it", Toni Nadal said.

"If Thiem can do that and build enough hope in the first hour, hour and a half, maybe get the first set he can make it physical like he did in Madrid".

It is the 11th time the 32-year-old Spaniard has reached the French Open last four, becoming only the third man in history to achieve the feat at a Grand Slam tournament, after Jimmy Connors at the US Open and Roger Federer at Wimbledon and the Australian Open.

The first Austrian to reach a grand slam final since Thomas Muster triumphed here in 1995, Thiem struggled to fend off the world No.72 before easing to a 7-5 7-6 (12-10) 6-1 success.

The second set tie-break proved to be decisive as the Italian player squandered three set points, having recovered from a 6-3 deficit, reports Efe. A routine hold of serve by each player led to 5-2 and Nadal stepped up to serve for the set.

Rafael Nadal looks to win back-to-back French Opens for the eighth time in his career after beating Juan Martin del Porto Friday in the semifinals at Roland Garros.

That was swatted away with Nadal's double-handed backhand, though, and the second set duly went the way of the favourite. "Then I converted the important one".

Next up for Thiem is either Nadal, who is eyeing his 11th French Open title, or Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina.

Women's final: No. 1 Simona Halep beat No. 10 Sloane Stephens, 3-6, 6-4, 6-1.

"Today‚ all day‚ on Philippe Chatrier‚ the fans said "Forza‚ Marco"‚ so I think this is the best moment for me‚" said Cecchinato.




"I am sure you will win here in the next couple of years", Nadal told Thiem afterward.

The No. 1-ranked Nadal compiled a 35-20 edge in winners while making only 19 unforced errors Friday. He will now be looking to win a record 11th grand slam title of the tournament.

"If I had won the second set, I think it would have been a totally different third set", he explained.

Marco Cecchinato of Italy was defeated by Dominic Thiem of Austria during day thirteen of the 2018 French Open.

By then, Nadal was finding his spots.

Ominously for Thiem, Nadal said: "My feeling is I have a very hard match against a player that is playing great".

And the underdog soon faded as Thiem kicked on, racing to two swift breaks in the third and rescuing two break points to serve out the match in style.

This was the No. 5-seeded del Potro's first semifinal at Roland Garros since 2009.

The No. 6-seeded pairing from the Czech Republic beat Eri Hozumi and Makoto Ninomiya of Japan 6-3, 6-3 on Sunday.

He is the only man to beat Nadal on clay over the past two seasons, doing so twice.

Del Potro, the US Open victor in 2009, is playing the tournament for only the second time since 2012 after a spate of injuries.

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