Nadal beats del Porto, advances to final

Diego Schwartzman was in control before the first rain interruption

Rafael Nadal looks borderline unbeatable at the moment. He looked hesitant and edgy, as if he might not be able to finish what he started.

Rafael Nadal says he will have to "play his best" to beat Dominic Thiem in Sunday's French Open final and secure an 11th Roland Garros title. For me it's incredible.

For everyone else, however, it has become as normal as the Seine flowing under the Pont des Arts.

He has lost just twice in 87 singles matches at the French Open.

"I think the big key was the second set because it was a close tie-break", said the 24-year-old. There is no difference between practices and matches. "But after the loss, I went a little bit down mentally". "And Nadal has been doing it for years and years and years". — Halep, after claiming her maiden Grand Slam title. "He portrays someone who believes in himself as much as Federer, more than (Novak) Djokovic and more than (Andy) Murray". Nadal has won 11 straight matches on clay court.

The 24-year-old Thiem was the last player to get the better of Nadal, too, last month at the Madrid Open. "But I will not give [it to] him, '" Nadal said.

"Make him go "goodness, oh goodness, this might not happen for me today".

'But I'm also aware that here it's tougher.

Clay court supremo Nadal and 10-time French Open champion Nadal admitted to bout of nerves during his hard=fought quarter-final win over Argentinian underdog Diego Schwartzman.

"He's a big favorite against everybody", said Thiem, who reached his first Grand Slam final by ending the out-of-nowhere run of 72nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (10), 6-1.

"I have a plan", he said.

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Most men who face Nadal have a plan.

His record at Roland Garros now stands at 85 wins and two defeats.

The Italian showed the full range of his shots, smarts and court coverage as Thiem began banking on his baseline game, standing nearly next to the ball kids to return the unsafe kick serves. That's Thiem's best chance.

Nadal broke to take that set and was on his way, taking 14 of the last 17 games. I love what I am doing.

He does see new maturity in Thiem, more controlled aggression on critical points and more skill on the attack. Thiem is the only player to have beaten Nadal in two years at clay and it'll be interesting how he handles the challenge this time.

"It was a poor performance", Bresnik said. I mean, Dominic beat Rafa in Madrid. Thiem ended up winning the title.

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

"I'm happy and I accept my age". People said: 'It's stupid. I'm not sure how you bet against that.

The fifth seed grimaced while holding his hip after getting himself in a tangle when a Nadal victor left him wrong-footed, but continued to apply the pressure following a short medical timeout.

Del Potro failed to take any of the six break-point chances that came his way early in the semi-final, letting the 10-time champion off the hook as he struggled on serve.

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