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Thiem ends Cecchinato fairytale to reach French Open final

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PARIS, June 8: Dominic Thiem ended Marco Cecchinato�s French Open fairytale on Friday, reaching his first Grand Slam final with a 7-5, 7-6 (12/10), 6-1 victory.

Seventh seed Thiem is the first Austrian to make a final at the majors since Thomas Muster was champion in Paris in 1995.

World No. 72 Cecchinato had knocked out three seeded players to reach the semifinals, including 12-time major winner Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

Thiem, 24, has a losing record against both Nadal (3-6) and Del Potro (0-4) but he is the only man to have defeated the Spaniard on clay in the last two years. He believes he has a particularly powerful weapon on his side � breakfast.

�I need to regenerate and have a good breakfast to keep up my good level.

�Full power on Sunday.�

Thiem, who was playing in his third successive French Open semifinal, admitted the second set had been a nervy encounter after needing five set points to get through it.

�The big key was the second set,� he said.

�It was a really close tiebreak and I didn�t want that especially after I missed an easy volley at 6/4. �That was not a nice feeling.�

Cecchinato had never won a Grand Slam match before this year�s Roland Garros but made the semis with a string of stunning wins.

He put out seeded players Pablo Carreno Busta and David Goffin before the seismic shock of knocking out 2016 champion Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

Thiem, who swept past second seed Alexander Zverev in the last-eight, broke the Italian in the first game.

By the sixth game of the opener, Cecchinato had claimed just one point off the Austrian�s serve.

However, he reclaimed the break in the eighth game before edging ahead to 5-4. Thiem was quick to respond, reeling off the next three games to take the set in 46 minutes. Just as he had against Djokovic, Cecchinato was then locked in another marathon tiebreak.

This time, however, he lost it 12/10 despite having three set points. That 61-minute set sucked the life out of the crowd favourite and Thiem pounced, quickly moving to a double break at 5-0 in the third set.

Cecchinato, whose career was almost derailed two years ago by a match-fixing scandal before his name was cleared, stopped the rot in the sixth game. � AFP

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Thiem ends Cecchinato fairytale to reach French Open final

PARIS, June 8: Dominic Thiem ended Marco Cecchinato�s French Open fairytale on Friday, reaching his first Grand Slam final with a 7-5, 7-6 (12/10), 6-1 victory.

Seventh seed Thiem is the first Austrian to make a final at the majors since Thomas Muster was champion in Paris in 1995.

World No. 72 Cecchinato had knocked out three seeded players to reach the semifinals, including 12-time major winner Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

Thiem, 24, has a losing record against both Nadal (3-6) and Del Potro (0-4) but he is the only man to have defeated the Spaniard on clay in the last two years. He believes he has a particularly powerful weapon on his side � breakfast.

�I need to regenerate and have a good breakfast to keep up my good level.

�Full power on Sunday.�

Thiem, who was playing in his third successive French Open semifinal, admitted the second set had been a nervy encounter after needing five set points to get through it.

�The big key was the second set,� he said.

�It was a really close tiebreak and I didn�t want that especially after I missed an easy volley at 6/4. �That was not a nice feeling.�

Cecchinato had never won a Grand Slam match before this year�s Roland Garros but made the semis with a string of stunning wins.

He put out seeded players Pablo Carreno Busta and David Goffin before the seismic shock of knocking out 2016 champion Djokovic in the quarterfinals.

Thiem, who swept past second seed Alexander Zverev in the last-eight, broke the Italian in the first game.

By the sixth game of the opener, Cecchinato had claimed just one point off the Austrian�s serve.

However, he reclaimed the break in the eighth game before edging ahead to 5-4. Thiem was quick to respond, reeling off the next three games to take the set in 46 minutes. Just as he had against Djokovic, Cecchinato was then locked in another marathon tiebreak.

This time, however, he lost it 12/10 despite having three set points. That 61-minute set sucked the life out of the crowd favourite and Thiem pounced, quickly moving to a double break at 5-0 in the third set.

Cecchinato, whose career was almost derailed two years ago by a match-fixing scandal before his name was cleared, stopped the rot in the sixth game. � AFP