Prince of Clay, Dominic Thiem will square off against the King of Clay, Rafael Nadal in Sunday’s final.
Italy’s Marco Cecchinato stunned the tennis world when he defeated former world number one, Novak Djokovic to reach the semifinals of the French Open on Tuesday. He became the first Italian to reach the semifinals at the event.
Before coming into Paris, Cecchinato had never won a Grand Slam main draws match.
It was a remarkable achievement for a man who broke into the world’s top 100 only in November.
The Italian made efforts to do even more against Dominic Thiem today, but against a player like the Austrian on this surface, the efforts were understandably, just not enough.
Thiem claimed a 7-5, 7-6(10), 6-1 victory over the Italian to reach his first ever Grand Slam final.
Despite the defeat, Cecchinato will now be ranked inside the world’s top 30 when the updated rankings are released on Monday.
For Thiem, meanwhile, he has one more hurdle to cross to achieve glory.
He will face world number one, Rafael Nadal on Sunday.
“It’s very important to regenerate now,” Thiem said. “I will watch the second semifinal to study my next opponent a little bit, then full power on Sunday.”
Top seed Rafael Nadal only had to penetrate Del Potro’s strong wall in the first set and it was uphill from there for the Spaniard as he claimed a 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory over Juan Martin del Potro to reach his 11th French Open final.
Nadal has not lost a final at the Roland Garros.