Ruthless Nadal crushes Del Potro to reach final

Annette Crawford
June 12, 2018

Sloane Stephens' clash with Madison Keys represented a rematch of the 2017 US Open final, which Stephens won. Del Potro and Cilic alternated games in the fourth set before del Potro broke his opponent in the 11th game and served out the match.

However, further rain came and the players had to leave the court again.

"Second mistake, in the first set, he's holding very easily and what does he do on the break points?"

Bresnik knows, right along with everyone else, what a hard task it is to try to slow Nadal in a best-of-five-set match on his favorite surface and at his favorite tournament.

Although at times during the first set against Del Potro, especially when he was 0-40 down at 1-1 and 15-40 down at 4-4 it looked as though he might be in for a real scrap.

JUST as Rafael Nadal was two points from pulling even at a set apiece in his surprisingly intriguing French Open quarterfinal Wednesday - just as he finally was playing like, well, Rafael Nadal - the match was suspended because of rain.

Del Potro had required treatment on a hip problem suffered early in the first set and he visibly wilted in the second, raising his arms in mock celebration when he won a solitary game while already 5-0 behind.

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

Schwartzman had the first advantage but dropped on a forehand shot. That was Schwartzman's third set point, and it was played after a delay of a few minutes while an ill spectator was attended to in the stands at Court Philippe Chatrier.


There have, however, appeared to be one or two chinks in Nadal's armour at Roland Garros this year. And past year, he earned the trophy without dropping a set.

The 37-set run was Nadal's longest at the French Open. The French Open, like all Grand Slam tournaments, is best-of-five for men. It's the first semifinal between a pair of American women at Roland Garros since Serena Williams beat Jennifer Capriati on her way to the 2002 title. "I missed a lot at the beginning of the match". When I'm serving, should be in my hands but I gave too many chances to him to have the break. But I know how to play against him.

Anything can happen in a Grand Slam final.

However, at 3-1 down Del Potro stepped up his game.

The world number one has won all five of his meetings with 11th seed Schwartzman.

Otherwise, he stayed steady in a 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 3 Marin Cilic in a matchup between two past U.S. Open champions.

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. Nadal is often known as the king of the surface, such has been his clay-court dominance down the years.

He said: "What you did and what you're doing it's one of the most awesoming things that (an) athlete ever achieved in sports, to win this tournament 11 times".

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