Published On: Sat, Jun 10th, 2017

RAFA NADAL- ONE GAME AWAY FROM LA DECIMA

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The Spanish claycourt king moved to within one victory of ‘La Decima’ at the French Open as he knocked down rising Austrian Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 6-0 in Friday’s semi-final.

Thiem, like fourth seed Nadal, had reached the semi-final without dropping a set and had trounced Serbian defending champion Novak Djokovic in the quarter-finals.

The 31-year-old Spaniard, ready to reclaim his Roland Garros crown after a two-year hiatus, dispatched the sixth seed in little more than two hours and is on the verge of becoming the first player to win the same grand slam tournament 10 times.

After Nadal’s limp exit to Djokovic in 2015 and the wrist injury that cut short his challenge last year, the Spanish claycourt king looks hungrier than ever to extend his domination on the clay surface where he has no rival.

Nadal has never lost a semi-final or final in court Philippe Chatrier since his debut in 2005.

He faces Swiss Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s showpiece match in what will be only his second clash with the Swiss at Roland Garros — having won convincingly four years ago.

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