The final battle between No. 7 seed Thiem and Nadal will take place on Sunday, June 10th. The matchup was the first All-American semifinal match at Roland Garros since 2002. All have been on clay, and Nadal leads 6-3, including 2-0 in Paris, beating Thiem in the first round in 2014 and the semifinals a year ago.
Earlier, the Japanese duo won 6-2, 6-2 against Hao-Ching Chan of Taiwan and Zhaoxuan Yang of China 6-2, 6-2.
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The 16th-seeded Gauff, who is 14 years old, beat 15th-seeded Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada 6-4, 6-3.
There will be a tiebreak in at least one other set as in-form Thiem gives Nadal his toughest game at this year's Open. The Argentine, who will be returning to the top-four of ATP rankings after a four-year gap, has dropped only two sets in the ongoing tournament.
Nadal is now just the second man to reach 11 finals at the same Slam‚ equalling Roger Federer's mark at Wimbledon.
"It was a very hard match against a very good friend and a very good player".
You don't get to a Grand Slam semi-final by accident.
She twice has lost in the final at Roland Garros - to Maria Sharapova in 2014 and to Jelena Ostapenko in 2017 - and was the runner-up to Caroline Wozniacki at the Australian Open in January.
But they face stiff competition in the final against Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut.
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"I don't have any obligation to win, first thing".
Thiem is also the first Austrian to reach a grand slam final at Roland Garros since Thomas Muster's victory in 1995.
The No. 7-seeded Thiem beat Cecchinato 7-5, 7-6 (10), 6-1 in the semifinals Friday.
Thiem also defeated his rival in Buenos Aires in 2016, joining Novak Djokovic and Gaston Gaudio as the only men to have beaten Nadal three times on clay.
The victor will face either Juan Martin del Potro or Marin Cilic, who were locked at 5-5 in a first-set tiebreak.
He suffered a worrying power cut in the second set‚ slipping to 5-0 down on a double break‚ wasting his seventh break point out of seven on the way.
Two breaks later Nadal was in a familiar position, serving for the title, and when another Thiem forehand dropped long, his arms were raised in celebration, yet again.
Although Nadal stormed back against Schwartzman, Schwartzman did dent his flawless record in sets for this tournament.
But those are not quite the same as the French Open, where Nadal is 86-2 for his career.
Schwartzman compiled a 20-4 edge in winners in that first set, then broke Nadal for the fifth time in eight service games and was ahead 3-2 in the second when a rain delay of just under an hour arrived.
"At the beginning yesterday there were no options to open the court, to win points", Nadal explained.