French Open: Nadal wary of Thiem’s ‘huge potential’

first_imgThiem downed Djokovic for his first win in six matches against the Serb and is through to just his second semi-final at a major.“He’s a very good player. He hits the ball very hard. He’s very powerful on both sides. Forehand, backhand, serve. These weapons are quite good,” said Nadal of his upcoming opponent.READ: Nadal crashes out to Thiem in Buenos Aires“He has a huge potential to tap, and he can hit the ball very hard. He doesn’t give you a lot of options.”Neither Nadal nor Thiem have dropped a set in reaching the last four, with the Spaniard losing just 22 games through five matches.Bjorn Borg surrendered just 32 games on his way to the 1978 French Open, but Nadal insisted he has no interest in such records.“I don’t know how many games I lost this year, but I really don’t care about this. I only care that I am in the semi-finals,” said Nadal.“My only goal is try to be ready to play my best. The rest of these things, we can always find behind the stones.“We’re going to find more and more records, but at the end of the day these kind of things are not important.” Trump’s impeachment defense, prosecutors dig in Swing Out Sister back to PH this April For Ina, portraying a zombie is like an ‘out-of-body experience’ Spain’s Rafael Nadal waves to spectators as as he leaves the court after his opponent Spain’s Pablo Carreno Busta withdrew with an injury from their quarterfinal match of the French Open tennis tournament at the Roland Garros stadium, in Paris, France. Wednesday, June 7, 2017. (AP Photo/Petr David Josek)Rafael Nadal warned of the threat presented by Dominic Thiem’s “huge potential” ahead of their clash for a place in Sunday’s French Open final.The Spaniard qualified for the semi-finals at Roland Garros for the 10th time on Wednesday after compatriot Pablo Carreno Busta retired with an abdominal injury while trailing 6-2, 2-0.ADVERTISEMENT ’16 champ Djokovic stunned by Thiem in French Open quarters Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps PLAY LIST 02:46Fighting jihadism in the Sahel: Life inside the military camps01:45Explosive Gilas Pilipinas not yet at its best, says Tim Cone00:50Trending Articles01:40Filipinos turn Taal Volcano ash, plastic trash into bricks01:32Taal Volcano watch: Island fissures steaming, lake water receding02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite Ai-Ai delas Alas on Jiro Manio: ‘Sana pinahalagahan niya ang naitulong ko’ “So either you play well and you advance to the next round or you lose and you’re out.”Nadal beat the Austrian to lift the trophy in both Madrid and Barcelona, but Thiem exacted a measure of revenge with a 6-4, 6-3 win over the 31-year-old at the Rome Masters.READ: Johnson appreciates Thiem’s compassionate words“In Rome it was not a good day for me. I was not in a position to play well the way I wanted to,” recounted Nadal.“He put me in a difficult situation, so it’s up to me to avoid being put in uncomfortable situations.”ADVERTISEMENT Thiem is the only player to defeat Nadal on clay this season and sealed a return to the last four in Paris with a sensational 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-0 upset of defending champion Novak Djokovic.READ: ’16 champ Djokovic stunned by Thiem in French Open quartersFEATURED STORIESSPORTSEnd of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legendSPORTSMcGregor blasts Cerrone in 40 seconds in UFC returnSPORTSBreak new groundFriday’s semi-final will be the fourth meeting between Nadal and Thiem this season, all of which have come on clay.“Thiem is a tough player. I won in Barcelona, Madrid, and I lost to him in Rome,” said Nadal, who is attempting to become the first man to win 10 titles at a single Grand Slam. More Taal volcanic quakes recorded despite weaker eruptionscenter_img China reports 17 new cases in viral pneumonia outbreak Gerald: Just because I’ve been bashed doesn’t mean I’d stop working MOST READ Missile-capable frigate BRP Jose Rizal inches closer to entering PH Navy’s fleet End of his agony? SC rules in favor of Espinosa, orders promoter heirs to pay boxing legend LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View commentslast_img

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