Rafael Nadal dominates Roger Federer to reach 12th Roland Garros final

Dominic Thiem

The pair will instead restart their match at 1000 GMT (12:00 local time) on Saturday, before the women's final between Czech teenager Marketa Vondrousova and Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty.

"I congratulate Dominic, he played great, especially in the important moments", said Djokovic.

"I played the flawless match today", Barty said.

The Austrian is widely recognized as being an improved player from a year ago, and heads into the encounter ranked fourth in the world. The Serbian player also slammed poor weather conditions as one of "the worst conditions I have ever been part of", after the match. Court-Philippe Chatrier is Nadal's most dominant court and the 33-year-old is entering the Nadal in vintage form.

Austria's Dominic Thiem celebrates after his semifinal match against Serbia's Novak Djokovic.

Thiem would have been the happier of the two to resume playing on Friday, leading by a break in the third set after sharing the opening two with Djokovic.

Thiem said he would "leave everything he has out on court" to try and stop 11-times French Open champion Nadal, but added a dose of realism as he looked ahead to probably the toughest task there has even been in tennis.

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The loss snapped Djokovic's 26-match Grand Slam winning streak.

He added: "Every single time to beat one of them it's awesome, they've won more than 50 grand slams". Nadal also knows these conditions better than anybody, so I trust him more given the wind/rain we've been dealing with these past few days.

Spain's Rafael Nadal (R) hugs Switzerland's Roger Federer (L) after winning their men's singles semi-final match on day 13 of The Roland Garros 2019 French Open tennis tournament in Paris on June 7, 2019.

The key moments came towards the end of the second set, when second seed Nadal managed to hold under severe pressure to level at 4-4, before putting the pedal down to break despite having trailed 40-0.

He also played on Thursday while Spaniard Nadal played only on Tuesday and Friday and was able to put his feet up while Thiem slugged his way past Djokovic. "That's our sport", said Thiem whose semi-final with Djokovic spanned a full 24 hours. "I think that tomorrow he's looking forward to showing his best. And they said there is no chance", said the Chilean.

"I've been telling everyone - if someone wants to beat Thiem they have got to be ready for a big battle".

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