Simon Cambers at Roland Garros Friday 9 June 2017 15.52 EDT Last modified on Friday 9 June 2017 17.10 EDT It was not perfect but, as Rafael Nadal trounced Dominic Thiem for the loss of seven games on Friday night to reach his 10th French Open final, there was definitely an element of master against pupil as the man who would be clay-court king was crushed by the man who has worn the crown for more than a decade.
Thiem had given notice that he might be ready when he beat the defending champion, Novak Djokovic, in the previous round but beating Nadal in his back garden was a mountain too far and the Spaniard romped to a 6-3, 6-4, 6-0 victory to reach the final without losing a set.
On that occasion Borg went on to overwhelm Guillermo Vilas for the loss of only five more and, though Stan Wawrinka, who outlasted Andy Murray in five gruelling sets in the opening semi-final, is likely to put up far more resistance, the bad news for the Swiss is that Nadal is fresh and eager to complete La Decima with a record 10th French Open crown.
On the occasions when he did have chances, as he did twice in the first set, in the third and fifth games when he had 15-40 on the Nadal serve, the nine-times champion served smartly, away from the Thiem backhand, and forced the Austrian into errors.
Breaking for 2-1, he was efficient behind his serve for the rest of the set as he moved ahead by two sets to love.