French Open 2017: Rafael Nadal sets up final against Stan Wawrinka

Rafael Nadal reached his 10th French Open after beating Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 6-0 in the semi-final and set up a match with 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka who took out world number one Andy Murray in an epic five-setter 6-7 6-3 5-7 7-6 6-1.

By: Express Web Desk | Updated: June 10, 2017 12:49:50 am
Rafael Nadal sets up final with Stan Wawrinka

Rafa Nadal moved to within one victory of ‘La Decima’ at the French Open as he demolished rising Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 6-0 with a daunting show of force in Friday’s semi-final. The 31-year-old Spaniard, ready to reclaim his Roland Garros crown after a two-year hiatus, dispatched the sixth seed in little more than two hours and is on the verge of becoming the first player to win the same grand slam tournament 10 times. He faces Swiss Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s showpiece match. Thiem, like fourth seed Nadal, had reached the semi-final without dropping a set and had trounced Serbian defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals. (Reuters)

French Open 2017 Day 13:

2340 hrs IST: Game, set, match! Rafael Nadal moves into his 10th French Open final after beating Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 6-0. To face Stan Wawrinka

2330 hrs IST: A 3-0 lead in the third set for Nadal. He has hardly put a foot wrong in this match. Just marching on smoothly

2310 hrs IST: Nadal closes out the second set! He wins it 6-4 and is now just one set away from his 10th French Open final

2240 hrs IST: Okay so Nadal has a lead in the second set. He breaks Thiem in the third game to take a 2-1 lead

2222 hrs IST: An early lead for Thiem in the second set! He holds to win the first game against Nadal in the second set

2216 hrs IST: First set, Nadal! The nine-time French Open tittle winner shows how it’s done. Wins the first set 6-3 against Thiem

2155 hrs IST: That’s how Rafael Nadal rolls! He takes a 4-1 lead in the first set against Thiem who is finding it difficult to place his shots

2130 hrs IST: Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem are all set to begin the second semi-final of the men’s singles. Winner to face Wawrinka

Andy Murray’s search for his first French Open title ends in the semi-final. Wawrinka has moved one step closer to clinching his second title in Paris

2104 hrs IST: He has done it! Stan Wawrinka beats world number one Andy Murray in five sets 6-7 6-3 5-7 7-6 6-1 to reach the final

2056 hrs IST: A break for Wawrinka and he has a 5-0 lead now. One game away from reaching the French Open final. Wow!

2052 hrs IST: Hold for Wawrinka as Murray hits it out. A 4-0 lead for the Swiss in the fifth and final set. Is this it?

2045 hrs IST: What a start from Wawrinka in the decider! He takes a 3-0 lead over Murray and is now three games away for a place in the final

2031 hrs IST: Murray faults on the first serve. But the second serve is towards the left corner of the box. Wawrinka lines up for the forehand and sends it down the line. Murray cannot reach it. Wawrinka wins the fourth set tiebreak! We need a 5th set to decide the winner

2015 hrs IST: How do you decide this match?! Another tiebreaker between Murray and Wawrinka. Fourth set

1953 hrs IST: Nothing separating the two players! Wawrinka and Murray  hold their serves to be tied at 3-3 in the fourth set

1932 hrs IST: A remarkable, remarkable turnaround from Murray! The world number one has won the third set 7-5 and now has a two set to one lead

1907 hrs IST: Break for Wawrinka but Murray breaks right back. It’s 4-3 for Wawrinka in the third set. Nothing separating the two players

1851 hrs IST: Break for Murray! This is just stunning from the two players. Now Murray has decreased Wawrinka’s lead to one game.

1845 hrs IST: What a start to the third set for Wawrinka. He has raced to 3-1 lead against Murray. Wawrinka to serve to extend the lead

1820 hrs IST: Set two to Wawrinka! He wins it 6-3 to level it a set each. Stunning tennis from Wawrinka. Can Murray fight back?

1800 hrs IST: Wawrinka has a hold! Two games each for Murray and Wawrinka in the second set. Murray to serve

1741 hrs IST: First set, Murray! A brilliant tiebreaker and Murray takes the lead in the semi-final. Wawrinka was matching him every time but for the tiebreaker

1725 hrs IST: Andy Murray holds to win the 12th game and we need a tie-breaker in the first set. This is going to a long day!

1712 hrs IST: Andy Murray not far behind. He breaks back against Wawrinka. It’s 5-4 to Wawrinka in the first set with Murray serving

1707 hrs IST: A stunning forehand past Murray from Wawrinka! No chance for the Briton. He has broken Murray! Brilliant tennis on show in Paris

1656 hrs IST: Murray wins the first point as Wawrinka hits the net. But manages to take lead to 40-15 before Murray forces it to deuce. Wawrinka finds some accuracy gets the game point as Murray fails to eke out a break point.

1650 hrs IST: Murray equals the score with three excellent points to take a 40-0 lead. The Briton holds a superb second serve to win the sixth game and make it 3-3. So far, Wawrinka has been comfortable and has been playing his natural game.

1646 hrs IST: Wawrinka goes for a backhand, forcing deuce. However, Murray gets his serve right to equal the score 2-2. Both world no. 1 and 3 are showing some terrific tennis in the first semifinal match. Wawrinka is yet to drop a set in the tournament.

1642 hrs IST: Wawrinka takes 2-1 lead with a forehand winner. Murray goes for a couple of lobs, but can’t get enough which gives Wawrinka a chance to go for a smash.

1638 hrs IST: After three errant forehands by Wawrinka, allow Andy Murray to win the second game with ease. However, the Swiss has started confidently.

1620 hrs IST: Andy Murray’s road to semi-final –

bt. Nishikori 2-6, 6-1, 7-6, 6-1
bt. Monfils 6-3, 6-4, 6-4
bt. Del Potro 7-6, 7-7, 6-0
bt. Klizan 7-6, 6-2, 6-2, 7-6
bt. Kuznetsov 6-4, 4-6, 6-2, 6-0

1615 hrs IST: Stan Wawrinka’s road to semi-final – 

bt. Cilic 6-3, 6-3, 6-1
bt. Monfils 7-5. 7-6, 6-2
bt. Fognini 7-6, 6-0, 6-2
bt. Dolgopolov 6-4, 7-5, 7-5
bt. Kovalik 6-2, 7-6, 6-3

1:36 pm: Off the four semi-finalists who feature in the French Open semi-final on Friday, three are yet to drop a set. Off these, two face each other. The match between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem is being touted as the match between the past and the future of clay-court Tennis. But before that, we have Stan Wawrinka, the third man yet to drop a set, playing World No. 1 Andy Murray. Murray had beaten Wawrinka in the 2016 semi-final to reach the final where he would lose to Novak Djokovic. 

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