Another break point
at 5-2 opened the door for Nadal to attack Tsonga further and a whipped crosscourt forehand winner on set point gave the Spaniard the first set in 33 minutes.
However, Thiem came out on top in the Roland Garros quarter-finals in straight sets in 2017.Fifth seed Zverev, bidding to reach a maiden Slam semi-final and become the first German in the last-four in Paris since Michael Stich in 1996, made the stronger start.The 22-year-old had break points
in the third and fifth games of the opening set and finally broke through for a 5-4 lead.
"Unless you're at break point
?" We all have a break point
- the moment we feel we can't go on any longer.
The Pak-Mexican duo saved a break point
in the fourth game before they got their first break of the match in the seventh game of the second set to go 4-3 up.
The deciding set saw some tense moments when Serena gave away three break points
in the crucial sixth game.
Defending championJack Sockdid not face a break point
and needed less than one hour to beat lucky loserMalek Jaziri6-0, 6-4.
The contest lasted two hours and 12 minutes and saw Sharan and Ram convert two of six break point
The 31-year-oldNadal, who will face Swiss Roger Federer or Argentine Juan Martin del Potro in Sunday's final, forced Cilic to save six break points
in his first two service games.
Konta was yet to earn a break point
in the set but her first was a match point at 9-8 after a Vekic forehand drifted long.
Mannarino saved a break point
in the next game with an ace and took a 2-0 lead.
Williams grabbed a third break point
- so Watson blasted an ace.
Murray made much the better start, breaking at the first opportunity as Ferrer double-faulted twice and coming through the only early alarm by saving a break point
while serving for the set.
The Serb got another break point
and this time he took it to move into a 5–3 lead.
And, although he broke in the third game of the second set when Klizan sent a backhand wide, the Slovakian saved a break point
in game seven and broke back in the next on his way to taking the set.
In the third game of the second set, Spears, 33, began to step up on her serve, as she saved a break point
and deciding point, both with aces.