Charmingly, despite Nadal's accomplishments, he's still prone to nerves when he steps on center court here. He looked hesitant and edgy, as if he might not be able to finish what he started.
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.
Across the last 12 months on clay, Nadal has held serve 88.7% to Thiem's 85.7% (3.0% edge) while breaking opponents 50.0% to 30.1% (19.9% edge), and this incredible advantage he has on return was a big factor in me pricing Nadal as a [1.17] favourite to lift the trophy today.
For everyone else, however, it has become as normal as the Seine flowing under the Pont des Arts. That year, he came so close to beating Roger Federer-and that remains Federer's only Roland Garros crown. "Despite the tiredness, I'm moving to a more comfortable surface", he added. The intensity was too high the whole match, and I couldn't stay there. There is no difference between practices and matches. "And Nadal has been doing it for years and years and years".
In Sunday's final, Thiem will face either No. 1 Nadal or No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro.
The seventh-seeded Thiem, a 24-year-old Austrian, is, along with Alexander Zverev, one of the leaders of the new wave in men's tennis.
If you listen to Thiem's coach, Gunter Bresnik, his chances of winning are akin to landing a million dollar jackpot. On the second, Thiem defeated Nadal 7-5, 6-3.
"Rafa is playing every point better, from the beginning to the last point of the match", del Porto said. "But I will not give [it to] him, '" Nadal said.
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"I think also a good thing is that I faced him already twice here". "That's the only way for me to approach the tough moments".
The world number one had looked out of sorts in damp conditions on Wednesday as Schwartzman bombarded him with winners to cause him all sorts of problems, with the Argentine leading by a set and a break when the players were first called off court due to rain. In the other semi-final, Marco Cecchinato's odd run in the last two weeks was ended by Dominic Thiem, also in straight sets, although the first two sets were somewhat closer than anything Del Potro could muster.
"He's a big favorite against anybody", Thiem said of Nadal.
"And I have to have a clear plan at the time of coming out on the court".
It was the Austrian's third consecutive appearance in the semifinals at Roland Garros.
These two have played nine times and Nadal has won six of those matches.
'Thiem has shown in Madrid two weeks before. But he is also most comfortable positioning himself deep behind the baseline, which allows Nadal more time to get organized and react. That's Thiem's best chance.
They tried their best to rouse their man in the third set but it was mission impossible as Nadal, clubbing the ball as if his life depended on it, finished like a raging bull as he headed into his 24th Grand Slam final.