When will the Rafael Nadal vs Dominic Thiem French Open men's singles final be played? Nadal has also won six of his last eight grand slam final appearances and is 10-0 in French Open final appearances. For me it's incredible.
"Tomorrow I will try to play a match as I did in a different surface against Rafa", Del Potro told reporters.
"It's always hard to play someone from your country and such a good friend, but I'm happy I played my tennis", Stephens said. This year, he has a chance to stop Rafael Nadal, who seems en route to his 11th title here.
The 24-year-old Austrian, widely considered the second-best player on clay right now, has a decent record against Nadal and, for the second year in a row, he is the only player to have beaten the Spaniard on clay coming into Roland Garros, after snapping his run of 50 sets in a row when they met in the quarter-finals in Madrid last month. Nadal had lost to the Austrian in Madrid Masters semis.
"It's not easy. I've been on court just a couple of minutes ago".
"It is nearly impossible to beat Rafa", said Del Potro who had his chances but failed to convert any of his seven break points before his challenge petered out into tired hopelessness.
"I came here without big expectations", said 2009 US Open champion Del Potro who has flirted with retirement on numerous occasions after a career-long battle with wrist injuries.
Even a relatively one-sided semi-final against Juan Martin del Potro saw the fifth seed set up seven break point chances. When that ultimately wasn't enough and he dropped the first set, Martin del Potro couldn't keep up for the rest of the match.
Del Potro dipped at the start of the third and Cilic had points for a double break.
"He said "I'm a human man, a human person and I get nervous".
Del Potro had required the doctor early in the first set after appearing to jar his ankle in the red clay. He played some awesome aggressive tennis to get through Djokovic in the quarters, just like he played fantastic aggressive tennis to get to the quarters.
In a total of 21 sets played, Nadal and Thiem have contested just two tie-breaks, or one around every 10 or 11 sets.
"He's been a very complex opponent".
But Philippe Chatrier "is his court", a smiling Moya said of Nadal.
This time, Thiem instead faced Cecchinato, who never had won a Grand Slam match until this tournament and was the lowest-ranked men's semifinalist at the clay-court major in 19 years.
That said, Thiem has already been at a high level for a long time and he'll be used to this situation.
A fourth set point for Thiem vanished because of one of Cecchinato's many drop shots.
"They are the first set is everything, and the weather is everything".
Young pretender - and perhaps heir to the throne - Dominic Thiem has been dubbed the Prince of Clay and he will get a shot at the undisputed ruler of the Parisian land for more than a decade. Last year, he took the trophy without dropping a set.