Nadal To Face Thiem In French Open Final After Del Potro Win

World number one Rafael Nadal is on course for a record extending 11th French Open title after he secured another final at Roland Garros.

Top seed Nadal, 32, defeated Juan Martin Del Potro of Argentina 6-4 6-1 6-2 in over two hours in their semi-final clash to set up a meeting with Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s final.

Thiem had earlier beaten unseeded Italian Marco Ceccinato in three straight sets to qualify for his first ever Grand Slam title.

He becomes only the second man to reach 11 finals at the same Grand Slam after Roger Federer.

While reacting to his extraordinary feat, Nadal said: “I am very happy to be back in the final here at Roland Garros. For me it’s incredible.”

“It’s impossible without hard work and going through tough moments.

“You have to be focused and keep your passion for the game. I never dreamed in 2005 when I played my first final here that I would be in another one.” He concluded.