French Open: Rafael Nadal sees off Juan Martin del Potro, storms into final

Paris: Spanish tennis ace Rafael Nadal on Friday outclassed Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro to storm into his record 11th final of the French Open with a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 win in the men’s semi-final clash. Top seed Nadal has an impressive record at the Roland Garros, winning 85 of his 87 matches played in the annual tournament so far. He will now be looking to win a record 11th grand slam title of the tournament.

The Spaniard will now face seventh seed Dominic Thiem of Croatia after he earlier defeated Marco Cecchinato of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (10), 6-1 in their men’s singles semi-final match. Thiem is also the first Austrian to reach a grand slam final at Roland Garros since Thomas Muster’s victory in 1995.

Going into the final at Roland Garros, Thiem’s prospects of winning his first grand slam will be boosted as he is the only player to beat Nadal on clay twice (in 2017 and 2018). The World No. 7 Thiem outclassed top seed Nadal earlier in Madrid Open in May this year and in the Italian Open last year.

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