PARIS, June 9 (Reuters) - Claycourt king Rafael Nadal reached his 10th French Open final after demolishing Austria’s Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 6-0 on Court Philippe Chatrier on Friday.
The 31-year-old Spaniard will meet 2015 winner Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s final after the Swiss defeated top seed Andy Murray 6-7(6) 6-3 5-7 7-6(3) 6-1 in a high-octane contest that lasted four hours and 34 minutes.
Nadal will enter Sunday’s title showdown with a perfect 9-0 record in the finals at Roland Garros.
Wawrinka, on the other hand, has never lost a grand slam title match, having won all three of his previous finals, including the 2014 Australian Open showpiece against the Spaniard.
Earlier on Friday, New Zealand’s Michael Venus and American Ryan Harrison reached the French Open men’s doubles final with a 4-6 6-3 6-4 win over 16th-seeded Colombians Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah.
The unseeded duo will meet Mexican Santiago Gonzalez and American Donald Young in the final on Saturday.
Highlights from day 13 of the French Open tennis championships on Friday (times GMT):
- Spaniard Rafael Nadal’s quest for a record-extending 10th French Open title continued after a 6-3 6-4 6-0 semi-final win over sixth seed Dominic Thiem.
- Nadal has dropped just 29 games on his way to this year’s final at Roland Garros and will face Swiss Stan Wawrinka for the title on Sunday.
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- Nadal held his serve at love to take a 6-3 6-4 lead against Austrian Thiem after an hour and 38 minutes of play.
- The 31-year-old Spaniard has yet to drop a set at the championships this year.
- Fourth seed Rafael Nadal breaks Thiem’s serve twice to take the first set 6-3.
- The Spaniard is undefeated in nine previous semi-final appearances at Roland Garros.
- “With an atmosphere like the one today, you cannot help but give your all. It was simply incredible,” third seed Stan Wawrinka said after his semi-final win over Andy Murray.
“There are always two ways of looking at things, you can either think about being two-one down after being ahead or focus on the fact that you were dominating and you can be in control of the points. That’s what I preferred to do.
“I just want to enjoy this and make the most of the moment. It’s not every day you get to a final like this. Tennis goes quickly, I want to savour it.”
- The Swiss, at 32, is the oldest man to reach the French Open final since 33-year-old Niki Pilic in 1973.
- Wawrinka hit an incredible 87 winners to Murray’s 36.
- Wawrinka stormed past Murray in the final set to claim a 6-7(6) 6-3 5-7 7-6(3) 6-1 semi-final victory.
- Wawrinka won the fourth set to level the match 6-7(6) 6-3 5-7 7-6(3) after four hours of play.
- The Swiss produced a tally of 18 winners to Murray’s 11 in a hard-fought fourth set.
- Murray bagged the third set to lead 7-6(6) 3-6 7-5 against Wawrinka after a see-saw battle in the third set.
- Wawrinka’s tally of unforced errors mounted to 58 after three hours of action on Court Philippe Chatrier.
- Wawrinka broke Murray’s serve twice to claim the second set 6-3.
- The Swiss hit 18 winners to draw level after two hours.
- World number one Murray clawed back from a set point down to win the first set in a tiebreak 7-6(6) in just over an hour.
- It was the first time Wawrinka lost a set at Roland Garros this year.
1115 PLAY BEGINS ON COURT PHILIPPE-CHATRIER (Compiled by Hardik Vyas in Bengaluru; Editing by Mark Heinrich, Pritha Sarkar and Ken Ferris)