French Open glance: Nadal vs. Del Potro in French Open semis

PARIS (AP) A quick look at the French Open:

LOOKAHEAD TO FRIDAY

Ten-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal is aiming to reach his record-extending 11th final at Roland Garros. The top-ranked Spaniard, who has dropped only one set so far, takes on Juan Martin del Potro of Argentina. The fifth-seeded Argentine is back to the semifinals in Paris for the first time since 2009 – which is the year he went on to win the U.S. Open for his only major title. By comparison, Nadal has won 16 majors. Although Del Potro has beaten Nadal five times, Nadal won their last encounter and leads 9-5 overall head-to-head. Their contest on Court Phillipe Chatrier follows the semifinal between No. 7 Dominic Thiem of Austria and Marco Cecchinato. The unseeded Italian has exceeded even the wildest expectations by getting this far, beating 12-time Grand Slam champion Novak Djokovic in a gripping quarterfinal. It will be familiar territory for Thiem, though, who is playing in his third straight semifinal here and will be confident of reaching his first major final anywhere.

FRIDAY’S FORECAST

Sunny with a risk of showers. High of 78 degrees (26 Celsius).

THURSDAY’S WEATHER

Sunny. High of 77 degrees (25 Celsius).

THURSDAY’S RESULTS

Men’s quarterfinals: No. 1 Rafael Nadal beat No. 11 Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2. No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro beat No. 3 Marin Cilic 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5.

Women’s semifinals: No. 1 Simona Halep beat No. 3 Garbine Muguruza 6-1, 6-4. No. 10 Sloane Stephens beat No. 13 Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4.

STAT OF THE DAY

0-3 – Halep’s career record in Grand Slam finals.

QUOTE OF THE DAY

”I lost three times until now and no one died, so it will be OK.”- Halep, commenting on whether she’s worried about losing a fourth straight major final.

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