Nadal has dropped only one set in the ongoing tournament but he was tested by del Potro's compatriot and 11th seed Diego Schwartzman in a rain-interrupted quarter-final tie. "When you write an autobiography, I do not think there is any reason to tell something that was not true". It's due time to change the narrative for a player that's on the very cusp of a Top 10 breakthrough.
"Today‚ all day‚ on Philippe Chatrier‚ the fans said "Forza‚ Marco"‚ so I think this is the best moment for me‚" said Cecchinato.
"But after the loss, I went down mentally and physically". He appears poised to take home a title-win at the French Open at some point and this year could be it.
It will not have helped that, after beating Marco Cecchinato in the last four, the Austrian then had to watch Nadal demolish fifth seed and former US Open champion Juan Martín del Potro to remind him of the enormity of his task.
"I played already days in a row here in the past".
"At Wimbledon I hope to there, but Roger Federer obviously has a phenomenal record on the grass".
Another rain delay sent the players off court and shortly afterwards play was suspended for the day. And I have to play aggressively. When I'm serving, should be in my hands but I gave too many chances to him to have the break.
Del Potro is playing in the French Open semifinals for the first time in nine years.
Increasingly frustrated at Cecchinato's resistance, Thiem lost his composure completely in the second set.
Del Potro saved one but a backhand error handed Nadal the set and he never took a backward glance after that.
"It's tough to speak now, " the del Potro said.
The times are good now. I had three surgeries on my left wrist. "If I lost that tiebreak it would have been a very close match and I didn't want that".
Once Nadal stole the opener with a break in the 10th game, it was one-way traffic.
He was near-flawless against Juan Martin del Potro in the last four.
Twice the runner-up in Paris, Halep has qualified for the final by defeating 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4.
If Thiem is, as he is widely regarded, the second best clay-court player in the world then he probably has a few more of these pummellings to look forward to at least until Nadal, 32, finally calls it a day.
Halep is guaranteed to remain the world No. 1 after the tournament. It will be followed by the all-American matchup between Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens.
Both teams are through to the final at Roland Garros for the first time after securing uspet wins on Court Suzanne Lenglen.
"We are always very competitive".
The Spaniard will resume the challenge with the opportunity to serve, but now that the pace has been broken, Nadal will have a slight psychological advantage. He has won every final he has reached, and in those 11 finals he has dropped just six sets.
Pavic and Dabrowski were the top seed in Paris, while Chan and Dodig were seeded second.