French Open finals: Nadal vs. Wawrinka, Halep vs. Ostapenko

'Stan the Man' vs. 9-time champ Nadal in French Open final

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PARIS - Rafael Nadal might not have played his best in a French Open semifinal on Friday, but the nine-time Roland Garros champion dispatched up-and-coming Dominic Thiem, 6-3, 6-4, 6-0, to reach his 10th final at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament, extending his record for the most final appearances in Paris. At the same time it was windy out there, and he didn't play on the centre court before that match. If it's true that Nadal was troubled by a sore back that day, Wawrinka was the better player before his opponent's issues and deserved the triumph.

"When you start hesitating, you don't necessarily make the right picks".

And then, in the space of 30 minutes, the world No 1 Scot was put to the sword in brutal fashion as the Swiss enforcer sealed an epic 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 victory.

Wawrinka is the oldest man in a French Open title match since 1973.

Wawrinka faces a slightly different challenge in the final where he will try and stop Nadal becoming the first player in the professional era to win the same grand slam 10 times. The other men's quarterfinals later Wednesday are Andy Murray vs. Kei Nishikori, and Stan Wawrinka vs. Marin Cilic.

Wawrinka was simply unstoppable in the match and smashed 87 clear winners.

He then looked in control of the fourth, but it was Wawrinka who dominated the tie-break and by the decider Murray had nothing left.

Facing one of the fastest movers in the sport, Wawrinka blasted the ball with stunning velocity reminiscent of the 60 winners he clocked in his four-set win over Novak Djokovic in the 2015 Roland Garros final.

The Austrian also held his serve in the fifth game to stay just the game and the break behind Nadal, who also was holding his serve quite comfortably.

Murray won the first set 7-6 (6) and Wawrinka won the second 6-3.

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The same symbols are also displayed on the inside frame of his racket.

Nadal would match his own achievement of a ideal title in 2008 and 2010 if he were to produce another straight-sets triumph against Stan Wawrinka in Sunday's final.

Thiem fought hard to stay within touching distance in the first and second sets but Nadal ran away with the third.

"I'll have to play my best tennis if I want to have a chance to win, no matter who I play", Wawrinka said.

Speaking to Catherine Whitaker (Eurosport) on the latest Tennis Podcast, Ivanisevic, who recently split with Tomas Berdych, said Agassi had too much on his plate for it to become a meaningful alliance.

He needed four sets to get past Andrey Kuznetsov and Martin Klizan in the first two rounds. At 5-5, Wawrinka, on serve, committed two unforced and three forced errors enabling Murray to go a break up. A deep forehand coaxed an error as the 2016 finalist broke back for 2-3.

Thiem's hopes of emulating compatriot Thomas Muster's French title in 1995, were over in a flash as Nadal raced through the third set in 28 one-sided minutes.

Even seasoned Murray-watchers were letting out involuntary cries of wonder at some of his play as he tried to break Wawrinka's will.



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