Rafael Nadal dominates Del Potro to set up French Open final with Thiem

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• Ten-times champion defeats Juan Martín del Potro 6-4, 6-1, 6-2
• Dominic Thiem beats Marco Cecchinato to reach first slam final

Sentiment rubbed up against reality here on Friday as two underdogs bowed to the inevitable to leave Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem standing when the red dust cleared on Court Philippe-Chatrier and relatively fresh to contest the final of the French Open on Sunday.

After grinding down the world No 72, Marco Cecchinato, 7-5, 7-6 (10), 6-1 in the first match and then watching Nadal reduce the former US Open champion Juan Martín del Potro to rubble in the second, the 24-year-old Austrian was reminded of the enormity of his task.

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Written by Kevin Mitchell at Roland Garros
This news first appeared on https://www.theguardian.com/sport/2018/jun/08/french-open-semi-final-rafael-nadal-dominic-thiem-juan-martin-del-potro-marco-cecchinato under the title “Rafael Nadal dominates Del Potro to set up French Open final with Thiem”. Bolchha Nepal is not responsible or affiliated towards the opinion expressed in this news article.