The Latest: Rafael Nadal back in French Open final
PARIS (AP) — The Latest from the French Open (all times local):
Rafael Nadal qualified for his 10th French Open final, having achieved the feat without dropping a set in six matches.
The nine-time champion beat sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 in their semifinal.
Nadal, who has won all nine finals he has played in Paris, will take on 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka on Sunday.
Bethanie Mattek-Sands of the U.S. and Lucie Safarova of the Czech Republic are one victory away from their second French Open women’s doubles title and fifth major championship overall.
The top-seeded duo of Mattek-Sands and Safarova advanced to the final at Roland Garros by beating No. 3 Martina Hingis of Switzerland and Chan Yung-jan of Taiwan 6-4, 6-2.
Mattek-Sands and Safarova won the French Open in 2015. They’ve also won two Australian Open titles, including in January, and last year’s U.S. Open, meaning they are bidding for a third major trophy in a row.
In the final, they will face the Australian pair of Ashleigh Barty and Casey Dellacqua, who eliminated Lucie Hradecka and Katerina Siniakova of the Czech Republic 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the semifinals.
Ryan Harrison of the United States and Michael Venus of New Zealand moved into the men’s doubles final at the French Open by beating 16th-seeded Juan Sebastian Cabal and Robert Farah of Colombia 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.
Harrison and Venus will meet Donald Young of the United States and Santiago Gonzalez of Mexico for the title on Saturday.
It is the first men’s doubles final between two unseeded teams at Roland Garros since 1993.
None of the four men in the final has ever won a Grand Slam doubles title.
Rafael Nadal is now leading Dominic Thiem 6-3, 6-4 in their French Open semifinal.
The nine-time champion is playing very solid tennis and his top spin is causing a lot of problems for his sixth-seeded rival.
Nadal’s greater experience is also paying off. He has converted three of seven break points, while Thiem took only one of his seven opportunities to break serve.
Claire Liu and Whitney Osuigwe will face off for the girls title at the French Open in the second ever all-American final.
The sixth-seeded Liu, who is aged 17, beat Marta Paigina of Russia 6-2, 6-0, while 15-year-old Osuigwe, who is seeded seventh, defeated 11th-seeded Russian Elena Rybakina 6-4, 6-4.
It will be the first all-American final since 1980 at Roland Garros.
The boys’ final will be between Nicola Kuhn of Spain and Australian Alexei Popyrin.
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal has won the opening set 6-3 against sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem in their French Open semifinal.
The second men’s semifinal match at the French Open is underway on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Nine-time champion Rafael Nadal is facing sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem, the only man to beat the Spaniard on clay this season.
Nadal, who is seeded fourth, can become only the third man in history to make 10 appearances in the final at one Grand Slam tournament.
Stan Wawrinka beat top-ranked Andy Murray 6-7 (6), 6-3, 5-7, 7-6 (3), 6-1 to reach the French Open final.
The 32-year-old Wawrinka, who lost to Murray in last year’s semifinals, is the oldest Roland Garros finalist since 1973.
Wawrinka, who had 87 winners in the match, won the French Open title in 2015.
The third-seeded Swiss player will face either nine-time champion Rafael Nadal or Dominic Thiem in Sunday’s final.
Stan Wawrinka has won the fourth set against Andy Murray 7-6 (3) in the French Open semifinals.
In contrast to the third set, which included five breaks of serve, neither player faced a break point in the fourth.
Wawrinka won the tiebreaker with a forehand down the line, his 72nd winner of the match.
Murray had led 7-6 (6), 3-6, 7-5.
Top-ranked Andy Murray has won the third set against Stan Wawrinka 7-5 to take the lead in the French Open semifinals.
The third-seeded Wawrinka, who had won the last four games of the second set, took the first three games of the third before Murray rallied, clinching it on the first of two set points when the Swiss player hit into the net.
There were five breaks of serve in the 12 games.
Murray won the first set 7-6 (6) and Wawrinka won the second 6-3.
Two years ago when he won the title at Roland Garros, Stan Wawrinka made headlines not only for his tennis, but also for his pink-checkered shorts.
The Swiss player has opted for traditional white Bermuda shorts this year, but his shoes are drawing some attention.
The symbols of the three places where he won Grand Slam titles — a kangaroo for the Australian Open, the Eiffel Tower for Roland Garros and the Statue of Liberty for the U.S. Open — are printed on the back of his shoes, above the words “Stan” on his left and “The Man” on his right.
The same symbols are also displayed on the inside frame of his racket.
Stan Wawrinka has won the second set against top-ranked Andy Murray to level the French Open semifinals.
The third-seeded Wawrinka broke Murray to love in the seventh game and broke again in the final game to win 6-3.
Murray won the first set 7-6 (6).
Women’s finalist Simona Halep is at Court Philippe Chatrier watching the men’s semifinals at the French Open.
Halep, who will play unseeded Jelena Ostapenko on Saturday on the same court, was smiling and looking relaxed as she watched the match between Andy Murray and Stan Wawrinka.
Alongside the third-seeded Halep was former tennis player Ion Tiriac, who won the doubles at Roland Garros in 1970, two years after reaching the singles quarterfinals.
Top-ranked Andy Murray has won the opening set against third-seeded Stan Wawrinka 7-6 (6) in the French Open semifinals.
Murray, who fended off a set point in the tiebreaker, made only 10 unforced errors to Wawrinka’s 23.
Murray dropped serve in the eighth game, but he broke right back.
The first men’s semifinal match at the French Open is underway.
Top-ranked Andy Murray of Britain is facing third-seeded Stan Wawrinka of Switzerland on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Wawrinka is the 2015 champion at Roland Garros.
Rafael Nadal can become only the third man in history to make 10 appearances in the final at one Grand Slam tournament with a victory over Dominic Thiem in the French Open semifinals.
Thiem, an Austrian seeded sixth at Roland Garros, is the only man to beat Nadal on clay this season.
They will be second on Court Philippe Chatrier, after top-ranked Andy Murray takes on third-seeded Stan Wawrinka, the 2015 champion.
Murray has dropped three sets in five matches at Roland Garros. Wawrinka, Nadal and Thiem have won every set so far.
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