sport news – Thiem ends fearless Cecchinato’s run to reach French Open final
PARIS (Reuters) – Austrian Dominic Thiem’s rise to the highest continued when he ended unheralded Italian Marco Cecchinato’s run to succeed in the ultimate of the French Open with a 7-5 7-6(10) 6-1 win on Friday.
The seventh seed, the primary Austrian man to succeed in a Grand Slam ultimate since Thomas Muster triumphed at Roland Garros in 1995, will tackle both Argentine fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro or 10-times champion Rafael Nadal.
Cecchinato, the world quantity 72, performed fearlessly and used his complete arsenal of claycourt weapons, however he got here up brief in opposition to the one participant to beat Nadal on his favourite floor this season.
The 24-year-old Thiem, the youngest man since Nadal to succeed in the ultimate in Paris, ended the competition on his first match level with a forehand winner.
“Possibly the expertise helped a little bit bit however the large key was the second set tiebreak as a result of it was very shut and I saved I believe three set factors,” stated Thiem.
“If misplaced that tiebreak it might have been a really shut match I believe and I didn’t need that.
“In fact it’s crucial to have an excellent restoration now. I’ll watch the opposite semi-final to check… my opponent after which it’s full energy on Sunday.”
Cecchinato, who was suspended for match-fixing in 2016 earlier than being cleared on a technicality, proved to be no pushover though he had by no means gained a match at a significant earlier than this yr’s French Open.
Thiem was the aggressor early on and he broke within the first recreation earlier than holding to like for a 2-Zero lead.
Cecchinato’s nerves settled and the Sicilian unleashed some trademark backhand winners however Thiem had an excessive amount of tempo and energy.
Cecchinato combined it up with drop pictures and step by step discovered his vary to arrange three break factors at 4-3, which Thiem saved due to his sturdy first serve.
The Austrian netted a straightforward volley to offer one other alternative to Cecchinato, which he seized, forcing his opponent to a backhand error.
Thiem despatched Cecchinato scurrying across the court docket earlier than breaking decisively for a 6-5 lead with a beautiful forehand winner. He then held serve to bag the primary set.
The second set changed into a good tactical battle with neither in a position to break serve.
Thiem’s large forehand allowed him to race right into a 5-2 lead within the tiebreak.
However the Austrian obtained nervous and wasted a number of set factors, certainly one of them when he shanked a routine volley at 6-4.
“Once I missed that volley it wasn’t a really good feeling. It was harmful a little bit bit,” Thiem, who gained two claycourt tournaments this season, stated.
His big serve helped him to avoid wasting set factors too and he lastly gained the higher hand to take a two-set lead.
Thiem went for the jugular within the third set and after racing to a 4-Zero lead in double fast, he completed off the job to succeed in his first Grand Slam ultimate.
Reporting by Julien Pretot; modifying by Pritha Sarkar