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Summary

  1. Rafael Nadal beats Dominic Thiem 6-3 6-4 6-0
  2. Nadal will bid to win 10th French Open title on Sunday
  3. Spaniard will face Stan Wawrinka in the final
  4. Wawrinka beat Andy Murray in five-set epic
  5. Swiss star won 6-7 (6-8) 6-3 5-7 7-6 (7-3) 6-1 in four hours 34 minutes

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By Jonathan Jurejko and Matthew Henry

All times stated are UK

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Au revoir!

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We promised you would be treated to a cracker of a day at Roland Garros. And we delivered on it.

But don't thank us. Thank Rafa Nadal, Stan Wawrinka, Andy Murray and Dominic Thiem.

Nadal and Wawrinka will be back on Sunday as they slug it out to be crowned the French Open men's champion. Murray and Thiem will be sat on the sofa.

Before that though, we'll be back tomorrow for the women's final between favourite Simona Halep and unseeded Latvian Jelena Ostapenko at 14:00 BST.

See you then!

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We have some wonderful stats coming out of our ears. So let's share a few.

  • Nadal is now one more win away from becoming the first man to win a 10th title at one Grand Slam
  • He is only the third man to reach a 10th final at one Grand Slam
  • The Spaniard has never lost in the semi-finals at Roland Garros
  • He has only dropped 29 games on the way to the final - the second fewest in history

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Sachin Chandra: Game set match ,easy isn't it ? Yes it was really easy. Masterful stuff from Rafa in this semifinal. Relentless for Rafa.

Alice Stainer: Feel sorry for Thiem, but Rafa's had so many struggles over past few years that seeing him on this form gives one a glowy feeling.

Nadal 6-3 6-4 6-0 Thiem

This is not much consolation to Dominic Thiem, but he did at least make Rafa Nadal stay out on court than any of the Spaniard's previous opponents.

This demolition job creeped over the two-hour mark, the first two-hour shift that the nine-time champion has had to put in.

He'll be claiming overtime...

Rafael Nadal and Dominic Thiem
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Rafael Nadal after his French Open semi-final win: "I have been playing a great event but Stan has been playing unbelievable.

"I saw him play earlier and he hit the ball super hard. I need to be at my best."

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Dominic Thiem looks like he has just seen a ghost. The young Austrian is absolutely stunned.

Rafael Nadal laps up the plaudits from the Chatrier crowd, then goes through his post-match routine of untying his shoelaces and then retying them before going back into the middle for his on-court interview.

Dominic Thiem reacts
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Game, set and match - Nadal

Nadal 6-3 6-4 6-0 Thiem

Well that escalated quickly.

Rafa Nadal saves that break point and then cruises through deuce to wrap up the third set in 28 minutes.

The King of Clay is back. He's back in the Roland Garros final for the first time since 2014.

Rafael Nadal celebrates
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That advantage does disappear rather sharpish, Thiem cracking a forehand long for 30-30.

Hold on, don't celebrate yet Rafa fans. Thiem has a break point...

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There were some people who wondered how Rafa Nadal would fare today against a decent opponent. Think those questions have been answered...

He still has time to show us he is actually human, fluffing an attempted smash and then batting a forehand into the net.

That's 30-0 in Thiem's favour. You can't imagine that advantage lasts long...

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And that hold to love could be backed up by a break to love. Indeed it is.

Dominic Thiem looks physically and emotionally drained. He has been knocked over by the juggernaut that is Nadal.

The Austrian barely gets a string on the ball as the nine-time champion moves within one game of another Roland Garros final.

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Dominic Thiem is being taught a hard lesson here. Pace, precision...perfect. Rafael Nadal is ruthlessly exposing Thiem's weaknesses here. A hold to love...

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Nadal goes double break up

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Thiem counter-pinches with a forehand winner, only to again by pushed back behind the baseline by the nine-time champion.

Again the lob of desperation comes out of the bag, dropping into the tramlines.

Nadal sees a second break point of the set come his way and again he takes it. Thiem tries to take some frustration out on the ball with some rasping forehand - but they keep coming back!

The Rafa Show keeps on producing. A stunner of a forehand winner clinches the double break.

Nadal 6-3 6-4 2-0 Thiem*

This one could be over by the time you've popped to the chippy and back for your tea.

Dominic Thiem looks deflated as he double faults on the opening point, the Parisian fans doing their best to spur him on.

They want to get their money's worth from this second semi-final.

Nadal beats himself up after making a couple of unforced forehand errors. That is the measure of the man. Never happy to let a game go by.

And he still might not do. He digs out a brilliant backhand which leaves Thiem scrabbling, the Austrian desperately trying a lob which lands nearer Row A than the baseline.

Deuce...

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The Chatrier crowd amuse themselves with a Mexican Wave at the changeover, slightly delaying Rafa as he looks to get moving with his service game.

That might well be Thiem's best chance of prolonging this match.

The Austrian looks devoid of ideas, and devoid of confidence now. He almost apologetically clubs a couple of forehands past the baseline, helping Nadal to hold to love.

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The end appears to be nigh for Dominic Thiem. He smacks a forehand long on that break point, putting Nadal two sets and a break up.

He's not going to lose this now. Is he?

Dominic Thiem of Austria hits a forehand
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Thiem clenches his teeth, then mutters something we couldn't probably can't repeat after jumping into a backhand that crashes into the net.

30-30. Another unforced error from the Austrian, brings up another break point for Nadal...

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Rafa pops off court for a 'comfort break', jogging back with a spring in his step.

Thiem beckons the ball-boy over, he is going to get this third - and potentially final, set under way.

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Only once has Dominic Thiem ever battled back from two-sets down to win a five-set match.

Is he going to make it a second? He's going to have to if he is going to become only the second Austrian to reach a Grand Slam final.

Dominic Thiem looks on
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Game and second set

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Nadal doesn't give him a sniff.

That is a lesson in clinical tennis from Rafa to his 23-year-old opponent.

He's a set away from a 10th Roland Garros final.

Rafa Nadal celebrates
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Dominic Thiem is at least asking the question of Rafa.

He holds serve to force the Spaniard to serve this second set out.

I think the 23-year-old has to break here or this match is over. The King of Clay not going to lose a semi-final at Roland Garros for the first time from two sets up.

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Is this a lull that Thiem needs to take advantage of?

Nadal double faults to give his opponent an easy point. The Austrian can't capitalise though with four forehand errors. That's a little slack.

As if to add insult to injury, Rafa jogs to his bag to change racquet. He's fresh as a daisy, Dom. How are you?

Rafael Nadal reacts
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Despite how tough this match is looking for him, Thiem shows good sportsmanship by accepting a Nadal forehand that was called out had actually clipped the line. He gets a nod of appreciation from Rafa. Well done young man.

Thiem looks in trouble again at 0-30 but Nadal let's his grip on the game slip, in particular when he misses a simple volley with the court at his mercy.

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Some advice for Thiem from a Grand Slam winner...

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If Dominic Thiem was playing against anyone else in the world here, I reckon he'd be in front.

Unfortunately for him he's playing the greatest clay court player of all time.

The Spaniard's forehand is fizzing off the court. It looks like it is after picking up speed after it bounces due to the top spin.

Rafael Nadal of Spain hits a forehand
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Phil Beck: Wawrinka and Murray earlier was special, but I'm pretty confident that Stan merely won the right to lose against Rafa. He's back.

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Dominic Thiem is firing down his first serve to great effect in this match but it is when he misses his first effort that the issue comes.

He has won just 39% of his points behind the second serve.

He must be listening to me. A second serve skips off the line and beats Nadal.

Thiem stays in touch.

Dominic Thiem serves
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Half of the Chatrier court is now in shadow as the evening ticks on in Paris.

Thiem is going to have to change this up if the worries about not finishing this match tonight are to be relevant.

He'll need points like this. Over and over hitting heavy forehands before eventually clinching his 12th winner. Sadly for the 23-year-old, despite all of the effort, it is only worth one point. He needs to do that every time.

Nadal holds.

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John Poole: Only 11 games in and Thiem looks out of ideas already. Rafa is a juggernaut

Nadal breaks

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Nadal is spinning the ball high to the Thiem single-handed backhand. A tactic that gave Roger Federer nightmares for many a year.

Thiem is trying and trying to wriggle free of Nadal's clutches in this game but eventually, like the predator he is, Nadal has his kill.

Dominic Thiem reacts
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Remember Rafa has only ever lost two matches at the French Open. That's the challenge Dominic Thiem is facing.

He is throwing everything he can at the Spaniard but every point is a work out. There are no easy points like against Novak Djokovic in the quarter-final.

The Austrian is proving he is not all power though with another nice volley. Still, he can't finish his man off. Deuce.

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Boom. Two break points fought off and then a 125mph ace sees Nadal safely through.

He's not the nine-time champ for nothing.

Rafael Nadal serves
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Oooo. Now you don't see this every day. A short ball, sitting up right in the service box and on the Rafa forehand, you'd think it would hit the backboard faster than you can blink.

Not this time as the Spaniard nets.

That has given Dominic Thiem hope. He pummels away at the Nadal defence over and over. Somehow it keeps coming back until Thiem shows skills at the opposite end of the scale to play a delightful drop volley.

Two break points Thiem...

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Good stuff Dominic Thiem.

With the frankly terrifying sight of Rafa Nadal hunting another break of serve on 'his' court, a lesser man could have crumbled.

The Austrian holds and is giving a good account of himself.

Dominic Thiem serves
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Oh that is good.

Nadal starts the set with a stunning top spin lob to leave Thiem stranded and looking a little silly at the net.

The Spaniard thinks he can get a break right away at the start of this set. I wouldn't bet against it as we go to deuce.

Nadal 6-3 Thiem

So that's the first set that Dominic Thiem has dropped at Roland Garros this year.

How will he respond? Stan Wawrinka dropped his first set of the tournament in the opening set of his semi-final. Look what happened there...

Game and first set - Nadal

Nadal 6-3 Thiem

Three break points for Rafa. Surely he has to take one of these? Yep.

One goes when Rafa miscues a backhand before the pair stare each other out in another bruising baseline rally.

Who will buckle first? Thiem. The sixth seed lamps a forehand long, and Rafa roars.

The nine-time champion draws first blood.

Rafael Nadal celebrates
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Thiem is swinging heftier than a boxer who knows his legs are about to buckle.

The Austrian lands a forehand winner for 40-15 and, although Rafa pegs him back to 40-30 with a jab of his own, hangs on to his serve.

But will that be enough to help cling on in this opening set? Rafa to serve for it...

Nadal 5-2 Thiem*

Doctor Thiem has been giving the Nadal serve a close examination but this time he leaves his stethoscope at home.

He can't get near the Spaniard. Nadal rattles off a hold to love in a matter of seconds.

The Spanish contingent waves their red and yellow national flags in the Chatrier stands. Their amigo is one game away from the opening set...

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Beautiful! A peach of a forehand drop-shot from Nadal puts him 30-15 ahead on Thiem's serve, giving him another sniff of a break.

The Austrian takes a deep breath, composes himself and looks back across the net. He knows he has to hold this, otherwise he might as well wave goodbye to the first set.

That's what he does. Thiem moves into the net to pat down a smash, then cracks another forehand winner.

Dominic Thiem
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The first goes begging when Thiem hits a backhand wide.

The second? Also disappears quicker than a rat down a drainpipe. Rafa senses Thiem is going to edge to his backhand side on a second serve - so goes to the forehand side.

The off-balance Austrian can't recover...deuce. A backhand winner sets Nadal on the way to another hold.

Each of Rafa's three service games have been nervy, but Thiem only taking one of his five break points is the key stat.