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Rafael Nadal - Dominic Thiem
French Open men - 9 June 2017

French Open – Follow the Tennis match between Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem live with Eurosport. The match starts at 14:30 on 9 June 2017. Our live coverage lets you follow all the key moments as they happen.
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VIDEO: Rafa books his place in the final.

 

Impressive numbers!

 

Put it in your diary!

 

GAME, SET AND MATCH! - NADAL 6-3 6-4 6-0 THIEM. The King of Clay bats aside the young pretender, Thiem with a straight-sets demolition in two hours and eight minutes to book his place in Sunday's final. The nine-time champion kept his dream of La Decima alive with a controlled victory, hitting back from 30-40 down as he served it out to clinch a third-set bagel and set up a Sunday showdown with No.3 seed Stan Wawrinka.

Rafael Nadal is in supreme form in Paris.
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Class!

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BREAK! - NADAL 6-3 6-4 5-0 THIEM. The bagel is ON. A supreme crosscourt return winner tees up triple BP and the Spaniard concludes a break to love with a forehand rocket. He'll serve for the match next....

 
Rafa Nadal realiza un servicio con la grada de la pista Philippe Chatrier de fondo en su semifinal en Roland Garros 2017
 

NADAL 6-3 6-4 4-0 THIEM. A second ace of the match, and two devastating overhead put-aways are the pick of the points as Rafa consolidates with a love hold. This match is over.

 

BREAK! - NADAL 6-3 6-4 3-0 THIEM. It's a double break and you have to feel sorry for Thiem. The crowd are getting on his back as he struggles to make it competitive. He has chances at 40-30 and from deuce to get on the board, but Rafa is like a dog with a bone. He refuses to give up and fist pumps with joy when he makes the most of a BP.

 

NADAL 6-3 6-4 2-0 THIEM. This is the Master teaching the apprentice (... on clay) a lesson. They've gone toe-to-toe recently but in a best of five at a Slam Nadal has been light years ahead. It's another love hold as the nine-time champions consolidates easily.

 

BREAK! - NADAL 6-3 6-4 1-0 THIEM. It's looking bleak for Thiem. He needed to get off to a flyer in this third set, but his lack of consistency is proving costly against a ruthless Rafa. He offers up another break point and once again overcooks to the baseline to put Nadal in complete control of the match.

 
 

SET! - NADAL 6-3 6-4 THIEM. Too good. Nadal serves it out to love with the minimum of fuss and is one set away from a final showdown with Stan Wawrinka.

Rafael Nadal à Roland-Garros (2017).
 

NADAL 6-3 5-4 THIEM. The Dominator rattles through a love hold. Over to Rafa now to serve for a two-set lead.

 

NADAL 6-3 5-3 THIEM. Not even the gift of a double fault can help Thiem as Nadal marches through another business-like hold. He wants to get the job done tonight and avoid the issues of fading light.

 

NADAL 6-3 4-3 THIEM. The Austrian starlet looks in trouble once more at 0-30 but comes storming back with four points in a row. A cunning dropshot from deep is the pick of his points at 15-30 and gave him the confidence to go on and confirm the hold.

Dominic Thiem - Roland-Garros
 

NADAL 6-3 4-2 THIEM. Relentless from Rafa. Thiem defends for his life at the baseline but the crunching forehand won't let up.

Rafa Nadal celebra el punto conseguido
 

NADAL 6-3 3-2 THIEM. Some majestic play at the net gets Thiem off to a super start. He kicks on with some nice service rhythm and comfortably pulls off the hold for the loss of one point to stay in touch.

 

NADAL 6-3 3-1 THIEM. Rafa consolidates to 15. He's so comfortable on Chatrier, it's like his own backyard.

Rafa Nadal efectúa una dejada en su partido ante Thiem
 

This sums it up. Thiem not blown away - but you can't afford to miss chances against the King of Clay, even if you're potentially the Prince....

 
 

BREAK! - NADAL 6-3 2-1 THIEM. And that's the difference. Nadal has the killer instinct and a never-say-die spirit. Thiem saves break point and has several chances to secure the hold from deuce, but Nadal refuses to budge and the trademark forehand does all the damage.

 
 

VIDEO: That Thiem volley.

 

NADAL 6-3 1-1 THIEM. Third time's a charm as Nadal recovers from double break point once again. Thiem plays a sumptuous volley at the net to earn the opportunities but can't convert, with Rafa flashing an ace down the middle T to get it done from deuce.

 

NADAL 6-3 0-1 THIEM. Brave play from Thiem as he follows up a hammer of a forehand with some deft play at the net to outfox Nadal from deuce and earn the scoreboard advantage.

 
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SET! - NADAL 6-3 THIEM. Rafa does indeed serve it out to 15 in 44 minutes. He's settled and that spells big trouble for Thiem.

Rafael Nadal
 

NADAL 5-3 THIEM. Better from the Austrian. He asks the serve-out question of Rafa with a hold to 30.

 

NADAL 5-2 THIEM. Imperious stuff from the King of Clay as he cruises to a love hold.

Rafael Nadal steht im Halbfinale der French Open
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NADAL 4-2 THIEM. An important hold for Thiem. He was in danger of being overrun there, but fought back to hold to 30 and stay in touch.

Dominic Thiem
 

True.

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NADAL 4-1 THIEM. Nadal forced to fend off double break point once again as he eventually finds his rhythm to consolidate from deuce and notch up a fourth game on the spin.

 

BREAK! - NADAL 3-1 THIEM. Miss-hits galore help Nadal to a 0-30 lead before a double fault offers up triple break point. Thiem responds with a crunching crosscourt forehand winner and a similarly thumping one down the line to save two before he overpowers Nadal to make deuce. However, a telegraphed backhand down the line is gleefully steered back into the open court by Nadal, with Thiem fizzing wide into the tramlines on a fourth break opportunity to give the Spaniard the initiative in this opening set.

 
 

NADAL 2-1 THIEM. An error-strewn start from Nadal. He's been imperious so far in this tournament, but he's far from in the zone at this juncture. Thiem goes for broke on the second of two BPs but overcooks to Rafa's left flank. The Spaniard gratefully takes the reprieve and claims the hold from deuce with a blistering serve down the middle T.

 

BREAK! - NADAL 1-1 THIEM. Fist pumps from Nadal as he breaks straight back in what is already shaping into a tough and lengthy battle in each game.

 

Early errors costly for Nadal, but he'll be more irritated than concerned at this point.

 
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BREAK! - NADAL 0-1 THIEM. No sign of nerves from the Dominator as he unleashes the trademark backhand to take a bruising 18-shot rally and roar back from 30-0 down to snare a surprise early break.

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And here we go. Nadal will serve first....

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The Austrian world number seven dumped the reigning champion Novak Djokovic out in the quarter finals, and will be buoyed by the fact he is the only man to defeat Nadal on it this season.

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HEAD-TO-HEAD: Nadal has won four of the six previous meetings. The players have faced off three times this year with Nadal winning the titles in Barcelona and Madrid at Thiem's expense. However, the matches got progressively closer with the 23-year-old Austrian coming out on top in the most recent clash in the Rome Masters quarter final.

Dominic Thiem, pictured, defeated Rafael Nadal in Rome (AP)
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The winner of this contest will meet Stan Wawrinka in the final after the Swiss edged out world number one, Andy Murray in an epic five-set battle.

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Hello and welcome to LIVE updates of the second of the men's semi finals at the 2017 French Open. Nine-time champion, Rafael Nadal continues his pursuit of La Decima when he takes on a potential pretender to his throne, up-and-coming sixth-seed Dominic Thiem. The players are due on Philippe-Chatrier Court shortly.