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Summary

  1. Rafael Nadal beats Juan Martin del Potro to reach French Open final
  2. World number one wins 6-4 6-1 6-2 and will face Dominic Thiem
  3. Spaniard will bid for 11th French Open title on Sunday
  4. Thiem beats Marco Cecchinato in first semi-final
  5. Austrian seventh seed through to first Grand Slam final

Live Reporting

By Mike Henson

All times stated are UK

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  1. Bye for now

    Juan Martin del Potro

    Right, that is your lot from Court Philippe Chatrier today.

    Two matches, six sets and one final worked out.

    You can read how Rafa downed Del Po here.

    And how Dominic 'the Thieminator' Thiem saw off Marco Cecchinato here.

    They meet on Sunday, but first world number one Simona Halep will attempt to reel in her maiden Grand Slam title in the women's final against Sloane Stephens on Saturday.

    Catch you for that one.

    Laters.

  2. Nadal into the French Open final

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    Daramola Adedotun: Rafael Nadal should probably have played Diego Schwartzman in the semi-finals. With all due respect to Juan Martin del Potro, the last two sets looked like a first-round match for Nadal. It is always difficult to play Nadal on clay, most especially Roland Garros. He his always impeccable.

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    Fahad Khan: They should just rename this tournament to Rafa Open!

  5. Nadal into French Open final

    Rafael Nadal: "The first set was very difficult, there were lots of opportunities for Juan Martin del Potro and I was perhaps a little lucky to win it. I am very happy to be in another Roland Garros final, it is the most important tournament of my career.

    "Without working hard and going through tough moments and being focused on your passion it is impossible to be here after so many years after my first final in 2005.

    "Thiem is an amazing player. he beat me in madrid and he has incredible power. I have done a lot of things well in the clay court season, it is going to be tough final but I believe I can be ready."

  6. Post update

    Jonathan Jurejko

    BBC Sport at Roland Garros

    Rafa knows how to woo a crowd. Not only does he play some of his scintillating best tennis, he also whips off his shirt to a chorus of wolfwhistles.

    He breaks off from his post-match routine though to clap off Juan Martin del Potro, who gets a standing ovation for what has been a great tournament.

    Rafa keeps the crowd waiting while he sticks his racquets away and takes off his strapping. They fill the time with an impromptu rendition of 'Y Viva Espana'.

  7. Post update

    Philip Studd

    BBC tennis reporter at Roland Garros

    Rafael Nadal is still head and shoulders above the rest of the world on this surface. Only one man now stands between him and 11 French Open victories. It promises to be a cracking final with Dominic Thiem who has to somehow come up with a winning formula.

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    Sarah Burton: I adore Rafael Nadal when he plays like this, but feel sorry for Juan Martin Del Potro.

  9. Post update

    Nadal 6-4 6-1 6-2 Del Potro

    Rafael Nadal fist-pumps as Juan Martin del Potro's return flies long.

    Del Potro is soon following his shot off court.

    Nadal, after a quick (and possibly superfluous) shirt change, is going to head over for some on-court chat.

  10. Game, set and match Nadal

    Nadal 6-4 6-1 6-2 Del Potro

    Rafael Nadal

    Each Rafael Nadal groundstroke comes triple-checked and stamped with the owner's personal approval.

    Impeccable depth, kicking power and unerring consistency.

    He runs Juan Martin del Potro out of legs to bring up 40-30 and match point.

    And that is your lot!

  11. Post update

    Philip Studd

    BBC tennis reporter at Roland Garros

    Apart from the first set this has been a Rafael Nadal exhibition. He has been supreme in this match. Perhaps for Juan Martin del Potro it is a case of what might have been if he could have taken those chances in the first set.

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    Chinwendu Enechi: Nadal making Del Potro look like a journeyman really. Put a fork in this one because it is done.

  13. Post update

    *Nadal 6-4 6-1 5-2 Del Potro

    Juan Martin del Potro comes cantering forward like a charging giraffe to slap a drive volley out of the air and seal his hold to love.

    It is a footnote to the real headline though. And that has been writ large for some time.

    Rafael Nadal is heading to the final. The Spaniard serves for the match next.

  14. Post update

    Nadal 6-4 6-1 5-1 *Del Potro

    This match looked like a potential hand grenade for Rafael Nadal as the draw panned out.

    He has so thoroughly defused it that it is now an ice-breaking paperweight on his mahogany desk.

    The Spaniard racks up 40-0, hands over a freebie with a double fault, but nails the next.

    He is a game away.

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    Gus Jones:‏ How ridiculously good is Rafael Nadal - astonishing stuff going on at Roland Garros at the minute. Making Del Potro look like a journeyman.

  16. Nadal breaks

    *Nadal 6-4 6-1 4-1 Del Potro

    Rafael Nadal

    Vamos!

    Rafael Nadal uncorks a vicious return, turning the ball into a rubber bullet and smearing through the white chalkdust for a clean winner.

    Put a fork in this, it's done.

  17. Two break points Nadal

    Nadal 6-4 6-1 3-1 *Del Potro

    Juan Martin del Potro crushes a forehand across court, warping the ball to fuzzy, blurry egg, as he takes the first point.

    Rafael Nadal is more sniper rifle than blunderbuss, but just as effective.

    A lasso forehand down the line ropes in the next point and some net hustle and bustle bring up two more break points at 15-40.

  18. Nadal holds

    Nadal 6-4 6-1 3-1 *Del Potro

    Three more holds of serve and Rafael Nadal will be parked up in his usual spot for finals weekend at Roland Garros.

    Considering he is yet to drop serve in the entire match, Del Potro is going to have to stage quite the intervention to change where this is heading...

  19. Post update

    Philip Studd

    BBC tennis reporter at Roland Garros

    Juan Martin del Potro

    Juan Martin Del Porto has just lacked consistently in this match. He's had as many break points as his opponent but hasn't taken a single one of them

  20. Nadal taken to deuce

    *Nadal 6-4 6-1 2-1 Del Potro

    Juan Martin del Potro has a slight glimmer at 15-30 on the Rafael Nadal serve.

    The Philippe Chatrier crowd try and breath the sparks into life, cheering the Argentine.

    But I think they really need a flame-thrower and a jerry can of petrol to get this back ablaze.

    Still, Del Potro has made it to deuce.