Nadal says: “The first set was very difficult, with too many opportunities for Juan Martin.
“I was a little bit lucky to win that set.
“Then I became more aggressive. I’m very happy to be in the final here again.”
Asked about the prospect of facing Dominic Thiem, the man responsible for his last two defeats on clay, Nadal said: “He’s an amazing player.
“He beat me this year in Madrid.
“He has big power and he is playing with a lot of confidence after winning the tournament before Roland Garros,
“I know I will have to play my best tennis. It’s going to be a tough one, but I’m going to fight.
“See you on Sunday.”
RAFAEL NADAL 6-4 6-1 6-2 JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO
Not the contest the crowd was hoping for, unfortunately. Nadal sensed his opportunity after snatching the first set and just went for it as hard as he could. There seemed to be nothing Del Potro could do, and there probably wasn’t, but he’ll be disappointed with the number of unforced errors.
RAFAEL NADAL 6-4 6-1 5*-2 JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO
Nadal has pretty much let Del Potro have that one and will now try to serve out the match.
RAFAEL NADAL 6-4 6-1 5-1* JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO
A game away from the final now.
RAFAEL NADAL 6-4 6-1 4*-1 JUAN MARTIN DEL POTRO
All over bar the shouting. To come back from two sets and a double break behind against anyone is hard. against Rafael Nadal on Court Philippe-Chatrier, it’s impossible. Del Potro tries a serve and volley on the first break point and has to watch a backhand cross court winner streak past him.