Dominic Thiem Ends Marco Cecchinato Fairytale To Reach Final

Thiem becomes only the second Austrian player to reach a Grand Slam final since Thomas Muster, who won the title at Roland Garros in 1995.

"If we see Nadal as we've seen him in the last couple of matches, with ups and downs, trouble with the depth of his ground strokes at times, giving points here and there, especially early in the match - I think [Dominic] Thiem has paid a lot of dues here".

He beat Cecchinato, ranked 72 in the world, 7-5 7-6 (12-10) 6-1 and will meet either 10-time champion Nadal or Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's final.

Thiem and his glorious single-handed backhand were left awaiting the victor of Rafael Nadal against Juan Martin Del Potro after wrapping up victory in just over two and a quarter hours.

"I need to regenerate and have a good breakfast to keep up my good level".

The 24-year-old Austrian ended the fairytale of Italy's Marco Cecchinato, conqueror of Novak Djokovic, in the first of Friday's semifinals at Roland Garros.

Thiem, who swept past second seed Alexander Zverev in the last-eight, broke the Italian in the first game.

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The battle wore on and on, before, on the Austrian's fifth set point, Cecchinato went long to fall two sets behind.

This time, however, he lost it 12/10 despite having three set points.

Thiem had to weather three set points for Cecchinato, at 7-6, 9-8 and 10-9.

That 61-minute set sucked the life out of the crowd favourite and Thiem pounced, quickly moving to a double break at 5-0 in the third set. Cecchinato was accused of match-fixing and suspended for 18 months in 2016, but he appealed, and his punishment was dropped on a technicality.

Later Friday, Nadal looks to take another step closer to an 11th French Open title and 17th at the majors.

After dropping the first two sets he played in the opening round, Cecchinato came back to win that match in five sets, then proceeded to string together upsets.

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