Rafa Nadal v Dominic Thiem - player profiles

Rafael Nadal

If he gets through that he would come up against world number one Andy Murray or 2015 champion Stan Wawrinka in Sunday's final.

Unlike Nadal's straightforward sprint past Thiem, Wawrinka's marathon against Murray wound its way through spots in which one player, then the other, appeared to wrest control, then cede it.

"His best shot I think is his forehand", Toni Nadal said of Thiem.

Defending champion Djokovic collapsed to a meek 7-6 (7/5), 6-3, 6-0 loss to Thiem in what was his earliest exit at Roland Garros in seven years. "I only care that I am in the semi-finals"."I have been on tour for many years and I know that each day there is a different match and there is a different opponent".

Wawrinka said: "I think he's probably a bit less confident".

Former champion Stan Wawrinka is through to the semifinals of the French Open after beating seventh-seeded Marin Cilic in straight sets.

Pliskova reached the U.S. Open final a year ago, but the Czech player had never been past the second round at Roland Garros in five previous appearances.

A year ago at the French Open, Wawrinka lost to Murray in the semifinals.

The fourth was even as can be until Wawrinka stepped up in the tiebreaker by winning its final three points, the last with a run-around forehand return victor delivered from outside the doubles alley.

Dominic Thiem, 23 and on the rise, was throwing himself into next-gear forehands; sprinting and sliding for drop shots and exuding the sort of power and relentless positive energy needed to win Grand Slam titles.

The fourth set was even as can be - neither held a break point - but Wawrinka stepped up in that tiebreaker by winning its final three points, the last with a run-around forehand return victor delivered from wide of the doubles alley.

That let Wawrinka run away with the fifth set, taking 16 of the first 21 points and going up 5-0.

Svitolina won the first set 6-3 and raced into a 5-1 lead in the second before Halep bounced back and took the second 7-6 (6).

The women's final will be Halep vs. Ostapenko.

Rafael Nadal advanced to the French Open semifinals for the 10th time when Pablo Carreno Busta retired from their match because of injury.

Murray has hinted that while he is always motivated for the Grand Slam tournaments, he had sometimes struggled this year to find the same impetus during the long gap between the Australian and French Opens.

Murray won the first set 7-6 (6).

The last French player in the tournament, 28th-seeded Caroline Garcia, is facing No. 2 Karolina Pliskova on Court Philippe Chatrier.

Murray arrived at Roland Garros with genuine concerns over his form after a mediocre claycourt swing, but with coach Ivan Lendl watching over his shoulder he has rediscovered the winning mentality just in time. He has dropped the first two sets of his quarterfinal match against sixth-seeded Dominic Thiem of Austria.

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