French Open 2018 Semi Final match highlights:
– Thiem won 7-5, 7-6, 6-1
– Nadal won 6-4 6-1 6-2
– The two will play the final on June 10th
The French Open 2018 Semi Final yesterday gave us this year’s finalists after two pretty much one-sided semi-finals. The first French Open semi-final saw world No. 7 Dominic Thiem defeat Marco Cecchinato in three sets by 7-5, 7-6 and 6-1 to advance to his first Grand Slam final. In the other semi-final of the day, No. 1 Rafael Nadal crushed No. 5 Juan Martin Del Potro in straight sets.
The first semi-final of the day saw this year’s surprise package Cecchinato take on Thiem as both of them looked to reach their first Grand Slam final. Having defeated Djokovic earlier in the tournament, much was expected from Cecchinato as he looked to crush another heavyweight. His luck, however, died down as they ended the Italian’s run with a fine display of tennis. Although Cecchinato did manage a mini-comeback in the second set to take Thiem all the way to a tie-breaker, the Austrian’s class was clearly above Cecchinato. Losing a hard-fought second set, Cecchinato who was snapped up of all his energy failed to bounce back, conceding the third set meekly by 6-1 to bow out of the tournament.
The second semi-final was much more boring with the king of clay Nadal cruising past Del Porto in straight sets. There was never any doubt throughout the match that Nadal would fail to reach the final as he maintained an incredible consistency throughout to win 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 to set up a final clash with Thiem in the men’s final of June 10th.
“If Rafa plays at this level and is healthy, it will be very difficult to stop him winning this tournament,” said Del Potro. “He’s too strong and he’s improving his backhand a lot. He looks fresh and he’s healthy.”
“He was serving big and hitting the first shots strong. It was very difficult to stop that,” Nadal said.”I was not serving that well and I was not creating spaces on the court.”When I started playing really well and with more intensity, I managed to win the two sets.”
In the women’s French Open 2018 semifinal, No. 1 seed Simona Halep defeated No. 3 Garbiñe Muguruza to face American Sloane Stephens o June 9th in the final.