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Top seed Rafael Nadal Simona Halep cruise through to quarter-finals Serena Williams withdraws on Day 10 of French Open

Del Potro has had one of the best starts to a season in the ongoing year (28-6), winning back-to-back titles in Acapulco and Indian Wells during which he had stitched a 15-match unbeaten run. His appetite was audible in the long, trailing groans of effort that echoed around the old concrete stadium. "I lost a lot of opportunities for injuries, and I know the years are going quick".

While a player's Grand Slam record is what is talked about most, the debate for the greatest single-surface player would be rendered incomplete without a look at their performance on the surface across tournaments. "So I just enjoy the fact that I am here again". "I never dreamed in 2005 when I played my first final here that I would be in another one".

Del Potro certainly has a game big enough to trouble anyone when he's on song - even Nadal - so it's really a question of how much he has left in the tank after playing close to four hours across two days against Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals. 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's also the emotional toll to consider - after beating Cilic, Del Potro broke down in tears on court and said: "It's tough to speak now".

Free to impose his game against wilting Cecchinato, Thiem ruthlessly closed out the match in straight sets. After a harrowing first two sets, Thiem needed only 21 minutes to win the clinching set. "Nadal's capable of keeping this very aggressive, high-intensity level over an unbelievably long period of time".

The 32-year-old consolidated the break with a trademark forehand as Del Potro looked a beaten man, and another crosscourt return-winner from the King of Clay opened up the double break of serve.

"I think that was my chance of the match", del Potro said of the break points he held at 4-all in the opening set of Nadal's 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 blitz.

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"What will be important will be to try and make him play in uncomfortable situations", said Moya, the 1998 French Open champion. It's something we're aware of, it just happened in the last couple of matches, it's not something that is happening very often with him.

Bresnik likes Thiem's current state of mind and form after encouraging him to play at the low-level ATP event in Lyon, France, the week before Roland Garros.

The other men's match is No. 7 Dominic Thiem of Austria against unseeded Marco Cecchinato of Italy.

Rafael Nadal admits that his desire to clinch an 11th French Open title on Sunday is fired by his growing realisation that the end of his career may not be too far away.

And Del Potro, who failed to convert any of his seven break points before his challenge petered out, believes Nadal is in a league of his own.

In the second-set tiebreaker Friday, Thiem went ahead 6-3, but missed out on three set points there, including a bad volley into the net at 6-4 that left him chewing ruefully on his left index finger. However, no player handles the pressure in Paris as well as Nadal, who holds the head-to-head edge over his opponent having won six of nine games against Thiem. He is in the age of improvement. In the fourth game Friday, del Potro clutched at his left hip after being wrong-footed by one shot from Nadal and was visited by a doctor at the next changeover.

Yet Nadal, whose all-time claycourt record now stands at 414-36 says nobody should assume his feats are routine and that each victory is celebrated like the first.

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