While we are busy in football and cricket, the serious tennis fans are involved in the French Open 2018. The Roland Garros Grand Slam tennis competition is going on in Paris, France. At the outset, it was much expected that the ‘Clay King’ Rafael Nadal would make it to his 11th title. In the finals now, he meets Austrian Dominic Thiem, on Sunday 10 June.
As a game that puts players under physical and mental pressure alike, we take a look at the proceedings in the men’s singles.
- Rafa and Delpo clash
The match between Rafael Nadal and Argentina and Del Potro was fairly one sided. Showing his presence in the first Set Del Potro, fought Nadal and the score card clearly indicates it. The final result read 6-4,6-1,6-2. Consequently, the match was finished in just under two and a quarter hours. Del Potro tried everything against the clay king but was unable to stop his 11th final appearance in The Roland Garros. After the match Del potro confessed that Rafa is getting better with age and his backhand are as effective as earlier that is why he holds the number one position.
- Thiem and Cecchinato affair
The second semi finals was played between the Austrian Dominic Thiem and Italian Marco Cecchinato. A Competition hard fought saw the result as 7-5,7-6(10),6-1. This is the first Grand Slam final of Dominic. In last two occasions he lost in the semifinals. Only second Austrian to reach finals of Grand Slam, Thiem fared better of his Italian opponent who came here after beating the likes of Djokovic. As a matter of fact, results of this year are quite satisfying for the Italian as he had not won a single match in a Grand Slam prior to this.
In two semi-final encounters we got to see good game of tennis. All things considered, finals offer much more. The challenge against Thiem would not be easy as Rafa is blazing guns. It is difficult to think who would be able to defeat him.
The Roland-Garros is Nadal’s favorite ground as he confessed. He would like to grab the title once more. On the other hand, the Spaniard is ready to face the challenge posed by an indomitable opponent. He is not taking this a bit casually, “My feeling is on Sunday I have a very difficult match against a player that is playing great,” he further said, “I know I have to play my best if I want to have chances. Sunday is the day to give my best, is the day to increase even a little bit more the level. I hope to be ready to do it.”