PARIS, June 8 (Reuters) - Ruthless Rafael Nadal punished Juan Martin del Potro for missed opportunities as he reached his 11th French Open final with a 6-4 6-1 6-2 victory on Friday.
Argentine Del Potro often had Nadal in trouble in a ferocious first set but paid heavily for failing to convert any of the six break points that came his way at 1-1 and 4-4.
Ten-times champion Nadal then pounced in the 10th game to take the opening set and fifth seed Del Potro’s challenged evaporated in the Court Philippe Chatrier sunshine.
Nadal took a stranglehold on the match and powered on to victory in two hours 14 minutes to set up a final against Austria’s seventh seed Dominic Thiem. (Reporting by Martyn Herman, editing by Pritha Sarkar)