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Nadal, Sharapova eye French Open semi-finals

Nadal, Sharapova eye French Open semi-finals”

Cilic expects some lengthy sets between the two big servers: "You never know what's going to come".

"That's why the guy was dominating clay-court tennis the last 14 years like no one else before and nobody ever will".

Nevertheless, the 24-year-old can look back on two victories over Nadal on his favourite surface in the last 13 months, including one in Madrid just last month.

Rafael Nadal improved to 11-0 in French Open semifinals as he seeks his 11th title at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament, saving all seven break points he faced and overwhelming 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-1, 6-2. Injuries have hindered the Spaniard's Wimbledon campaigns in recent years but assuming he comes through Sunday's final unscathed he could yet mount an assault on the SW19 title he has won twice before. And for good reason.

Nadal is only the third male player in the Open era to reach 11 semifinals at a single Grand Slam, alongside Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors. The French Open, like all Grand Slam tournaments, is best-of-five for men. (Smiling). I made too many questions to myself.

He probably felt as though he had been, as Nadal completed a devastating 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory.

Expect Thiem to be the second player to take a set against Nadal.

"Thiem is an unbelievable player. Then I changed a little bit of tactics and it worked". "I have a plan".

One big difference in this meeting is that those two matches that went Thiem's way were best-of-three-set events. It gave Nadal a break point he converted when Schwartzman sailed a forehand long. "Barely walking. Playing tennis next to a bunch of 5- and 6-year-old screaming kids", Murray recalled.

"To beat him on clay, I would say the only chance for any player now is to be really aggressive". "He has the power".

The three-hour and 50-minute match, which put Del Potro in the French Open's last-four for the second time in his career, was suspended on Wednesday due to the weather, reported Efe. Nadal had more trouble with another Argentine, the diminutive Diego Schwartzman, in the quarterfinals. Nadal won three games in a row after returning to court, but the match was stopped again in the ninth game. Or at least not a blowout. 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. He has undergone four wrist surgeries but the issue, thankfully, was a minor hip complaint. The two traded games the remainder of the set, allowing Stephens to seal it on her serve in the 10th game. "Being in a final here is something I should rejoice about and be happy about", he said.

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.

Del Potro had required the doctor early in the first set after appearing to jar his ankle in the red clay.

And on the penultimate point of the semifinal, after being run ragged, the 2009 US Open victor could only offer up a smile.



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