World no. 4 Dominic Thiem is through to his second straight Roland Garros final, passing six obstacles to set another clash against Rafael Nadal on Sunday. The Austrian is enjoying a great campaign in Paris, defeating Tommy Paul, Alexander Bublik, Pablo Cuevas, Gael Monfils, Karen Khachanov and Novak Djokovic for the place in the second Grand Slam final.
Dominic did lose some sets en route to the ultimate clash with Rafa but he played great tennis in all of those matches, hitting more winners than errors in the first five encounters before that thrilling win over Novak Djokovic that took two days and five sets before he crossed the finish line.
It was the toughest test for Thiem in all of his Roland Garros campaigns and he is pleased with the face he has managed to reach the final with three legends in the semis, ready to give his 100% against the mighty Spaniard who is chasing the 12th Roland Garros crown.
"It was a fantastic match, my first five-setter at Roland Garros, so it is undoubtedly a good start. I'm here in the semi-final with maybe the three best players of all time, every single time to beat any of them is amazing, they all won 15 or more Grand Slams and it was a great day for me.
It is never easy to go on and off, to put the system at 100% and then switch it off, but we are used to that in tennis, I hope not next year with a roof. Every time someone reaches the final here it is against Rafa, the last year was an amazing experience and I will try everything to do better this year.
Nadal is the favorite, playing his 12th final. It is only my second but I will leave everything on the court and we will see."