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Thiem makes first Grand Slam final, Tennis News & Top Stories

Noah Ferguson | 10 June, 2018, 22:25

Top-ranked Nadal has exhibited the brilliance tennis fans have come to expect from him on the path to yet another French Open final.

He was the only man to beat Nadal on clay over the past two seasons, doing so twice.

At the start of the match Tim after an early break led 4:2, but Cecchinato in the eighth game managed to equalize.

The culmination of the second set was a tiebreak, during which Cecchinato thanks to blunders by the Tim battled back from 3:6.

The top seed went 2-0 ahead in the second set as he wore Thiem down in lung-burning rallies, leaving the Austrian screaming in frustration.

Though he lost out to Dominic Thiem in the Semi-Final, it can be safely regarded that he is one of the upcoming players to emerge this year.

Federer was on the receiving end of another major defeat as Nadal landed his first Wimbledon title - 9-7 in the fifth set and in near-darkness.

Rafael Nadal has consolidated his lead in the French Open final by breaking Dominic Thiem in the Austrian's first service game of the second set.

A trainer was called and he briefly inspected Nadal's left wrist.

Cecchinato, who had not won a Grand Slam match before arriving in Paris, deployed the same kick serve, topspin groundstrokes and wicked drop shots that he had used to upset three seeded players, including former world No. 1 Novak Djokovic, in a row.

Ruthless Nadal proved far too good for Kevin Anderson as he claimed a 16th Grand Slam title at the US Open. Thiem withstood a barrage of break points to hold in a marathon sixth game, which he thought he had won at 40-30 when he left a wide ball, only for the umpire to overrule the line judge.

Despite matching Nadal forehand for forehand, Thiem was undone in the 10th game when three errors handed Nadal the opening set after 52 minutes on the court.

However, during the treatment Nadal revealed that he was concerned about whether he was going to be able to continue.

Ranked 72, Cecchinato is the lowest-ranked player to reach the semis of French Open since 1999 - when Andrei Medvedev of Ukraine went on to reach the finals, only to be defeated by Andre Agassi.

The 10-time champion is playing Dominic Thiem.

The 31-year-old also needed a medical timeout to treat a neck injury which looked as if it would derail him when he slipped 0-2 down in the second set to the Italian outsider. It is as simple as it is hard: Thiem will likely need the best match of his life to earn his first major tennis title.

The Spaniard also won the title without losing a set, becoming the third man to do so in the Open era after Ilie Nastase and Borg. There is a slight chance of rain, but not until later in the afternoon after 5pm.

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