Soon enough, he was yelling at himself, the very picture of exasperation thanks to Nadal’s relentless ball-tracking and shotmaking. On Sunday, Nadal will face No. 7 seed Dominic Thiem, a 24-year-old Austrian who reached his first Grand Slam final by ending the surprising run of 72nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (10), 6-1.
Thiem has 3 wins on red clay over Nadal – all in best-of-3. pic.twitter.com/Kk9K0YeSRM— Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 8, 2018
Over the past two seasons, Nadal is 49-2 on red clay, with both losses coming against Thiem: in the quarterfinals at Rome in May 2017, and the quarterfinals at Madrid in May 2018. “He’s an amazing player,” Nadal said. “He’s a player with big power. He’s playing with big confidence. … I know I have to play at my best. I know I have to improve a little bit.”
Nadal Will get to 17 if he wins his 11th @rolandgarros titleIf he does, Nadal (32) and Federer (36) will have split the last six Majors. Greatness. pic.twitter.com/RqMwcuiDoC — Adam Zagoria (@AdamZagoria) June 8, 2018