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Top seed Rafael Nadal Simona Halep cruise through to quarter-finals Serena Williams withdraws on Day 10 of French Open

Top seed Rafael Nadal Simona Halep cruise through to quarter-finals Serena Williams withdraws on Day 10 of French Open

Becker, however, did not rule out the possibility of a win for Nadal's opponent Thiem. He looked hesitant and edgy, as if he might not be able to finish what he started. He beat me in Madrid and he has incredible power.

For everyone else, however, it has become as normal as the Seine flowing under the Pont des Arts. Nadal's had some challenges at Roland-Garros' championship stage over the years, but few athletes in any sport have ever been more acclimatized to a venue the way Nadal has owned the terra firma of Roland-Garros' grounds. He then played an ATP 250 tournament in Lyon the very week before French Open, an often unheard practice from a top 10 player ahead of a Slam - and won it - just to keep the momentum going.

"I'm really, really happy that I won this match", said Halep, who lost to Jelena Ostapenko in the final past year.

Nadal seldom leaves the door cracked very long. There is no difference between practices and matches. "And Nadal has been doing it for years and years and years".

Thiem has been in complete control of every match this tournament and is playing some of his most consistent tennis of his life, as he's now in the final for the third time in his last four events.

Against del Potro, Nadal did not record a single ace and converted only 61 percent of his first serves.

The battle between Thiem and Nadal will be an interesting one to look out for. "The quarterfinal between Zverev and Thiem foretells the future as I see both these players as future champions", Becker added.

Sunday's final will be Nadal's 24th Grand Slam final, putting him second all time.

Juan Martin del Potro believes it is "almost impossible" to defeat Rafael Nadal on clay after the Spaniard motored into his 11th final at the French Open.

"I can take some things off (those wins)". I know I have to play my best if I want to have chances. "That's the only way for me to approach the tough moments".

Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem.

Thiem beat Nadal in straight sets in Rome 13 months ago and at the Madrid Masters last month, but in their two previous Roland Garros meetings in 2014 and 2017, the seventh-seeded Austrian won a total of 14 games.

Stamina will also prove critical, because here's the crucial detail for Thiem: his two wins over Nadal came in three-set matches, not five.

"He's a big favorite against everybody", he told reporters.

"It's not going to be easy but he's facing Dominic, we know he's the only player that beat him on clay the last couple of years".

"But I have a plan".

Among the more absurd stats in all of sports: Nadal boasts an 85-2 lifetime record at Roland Garros.

These two have played nine times and Nadal has won six of those matches. Get ready for an 11-time champion. Thiem will have to produce tremendous quality and depth for hours to have a chance to join Soderling and Djokovic's exclusive club. The Spaniard also won the title without losing a set, becoming the third man to do so in the Open era after Ilie Nastase and Borg.

With that in mind, Bresnik said he did not anticipate a victory for his pupil this year.

"That was not a nice feeling".

In the quarter-finals, he even dropped his first set in Paris since 2015 to Diego Schwartzman before sprinting to a four-set win.

"It was a poor performance", Bresnik said.

"For me, the motivation to play here always is high, high as possible". Thiem ended up winning the title. "His game is too good for me". "But I like this".

"I am very happy to be back in the final here at Roland Garros".

While there have been multiple other great single-surface players, the ones listed above have shown both domination and a certain degree of longevity in their careers on these surfaces. People said: 'It's stupid. "If Nadal gives him opportunities, he should be confident enough to go for the kill", Becker pointed out. "It was nearly impossible to beat Nadal". He would simply have to remember what worked for him in Madrid this year and try to replicate it.

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