Rafael Nadal faces Juan Martin del Potro in the French Open semi-final
Nadal is hoping to win his 11th French Open title this weekend but Del Potro stands in his way of a spot in the final.
The world No 1 was on a magnificent 37-set winning run at Roland Garros until Diego Schwartzman caused him a scare in the quarter-finals.
Rain interrupted that clash and when it resumed Nadal came out firing by coming from a set down to claim victory.
Meanwhile, Del Potro had to beat Marin Cilic and John Isner to reach this stage and he will be hoping to pull off a huge shock.
And Nadal knows he will be in for a difficult afternoon where defensive play is not an option.
“Del Potro has achieved great victories this year,” Nadal said.
“He has fantastic potential. Aggressive game from the end of the court, the baseline. And I have to play aggressively.
“If I play defensively and I don’t take intensity, I will lose.”
Nadal is hoping to win his 11th Roland Garros title
Rafael Nadal vs Juan Martin del Potro LIVE
Rafael Nadal 3-3 Juan Martin Del Potro*
Before coming out Del Potro speaks to the trainer and receives some painkillers which is a relief.
Del Potro then duly holds his serve again.
*Rafael Nadal 3-2 Juan Martin Del Potro
More Del Potro pressure on the Nadal serve to move to 0-30. But Nadal fights back again and escapes.
Rafael Nadal 2-2 Juan Martin Del Potro*
Del Potro is looking to dominate with his forehand and he wins this game with a huge shot down the line.
The Argentine does pull up short with a leg problem. Something to keep an eye on there…
*Rafael Nadal 2-2 Juan Martin Del Potro
Three break point chances for Del Potro. But Nadal is always at his best when his back is against the wall.
He saves all three as Del Potro is unable to make any impact.
That will be a confidence booster for the world number one.
Rafael Nadal 1-1 Juan Martin Del Potro*
Comfortable hold for the Argentine.
*Rafael Nadal 1-0 Juan Martin Del Potro
Early scare for Nadal as Del Potro puts him on early pressure on serve.
But the Spaniard hangs on to take the lead.
3.00pm: Both players are just putting the final preparations together now with some practice serves.
Should be underway any moment…
2.55pm: Del Potro and Nadal just making their way on court now – expecting the clash to get underway in about 10 minutes time.
2.45pm: Thiem has just revealed on court that he will be ‘studying’ both Nadal and Del Potro during this match in preparation for Sunday.
“I think it is very important to regenerate now and to have a good practice tomorrow,” Thiem said.
“I need to keep up my good level and watch the semi-finals now.
“I will study my next opponent a little bit and then full power on Sunday.”
2.30pm: Good afternoon and welcome to a warm and muggy Roland Garros where we are just awaiting Rafael Nadal on Court Philippe-Chatrier.
Dominic Thiem has just booked his place in Sunday’s final after beating Marco Cecchinato in a thrilling match 7-5, 7-6, 6-1.