RAFAEL NADAL rampaged into his 11th Roland Garros final by humbling big Juan Martin Del Potro.
Nadal punished the Argentinian for not taking his chances in the opening set and then ran away to a 6-4 6-1 victory.
Nadal, the 10-time French Open champion, said: “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."
Del Potro was left to rue the SIX break points he failed to take in the opening set.
He held three in the third game, when injury seemed to be added to insult as he was wrong-footed by the Spaniard.
But the Argentinian took only painkillers and seemed to be moving fine for the rest of the match.
When Nadal had his first opportunities in the 10th game, he took the second and never looked back.
The Spaniard went on a run of winning 13 out of 15 games to take the match away from his opponent.
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