Nadal defeated Roger Federer in straight sets to qualify for the Final. He has won the tournament a record 11 times and will be looking to retain the title for the third successive year. The Spaniard will go up against Thiem who defeated World Number 1 Novak Djokovic in a five-set thriller that spanned over two days to reach his first French Open Final.
Joining Nadal will be time Grand Slam champion Roger Federer; the Swiss legend has opted not to compete in the French capital for the past three years in order to focus on the other Majors.
Following a poor run in the latter half of the season, Konta has rebounded in style under the tutelage of Dimitri Zavialoff, former coach to multiple Grand Slam champion Stan Wawrinka. Naomi Osaka won her maiden Grand Slam title at the US Open before swiftly securing her second title at the Australian Open in January — and will again be among the key title contenders, but will have to see off US Open final opponent Serena Williams to do so.
The first 18 tournaments of the year were won by different women, making it near impossible to pick who is going to win any tournament. Everybody feels they can win anything, at any time.
Somebody who has been playing extremely well is Kiki Bertens. She is one of those hard workers in matches, and I think anybody who gets drawn against her will fear that.
I think she is probably a little bit of a dark horse in the draw, she seems very determined. The other person all eyes will be on is Simona Halep, how is she going to respond coming back as defending champion. On Serena Williams… It certainly feels like the path for Serena is going to get tougher for her, because there are injury concerns, has she played enough tennis.
It is quite breathtaking the level of achievement Serena has reached in her career, which is why every time she turns up to a tournament, people flock from far and wide to watch, she puts bums on seats.
She makes people who might not necessarily have that much of an interest in the sport, come and watch tennis because of her achievements.
Because of what happened in the final of the US Open between Naomi and Serena and the fact there was so much controversy in that match, it did take Osaka from the back pages on to other pages.