Rafael Nadal bidding to become the first man to claim 10 victories at the same grand slam in the Open Era, and his charge showed no sign of abating in a one-sided semi-final on Court Philippe Chatrier.
Thiem had seen off defending champion Novak Djokovic to reach the last four but was no match for the magnificent Nadal, who is yet to drop a set at this year’s tournament.
Nadal would match his own achievement of a perfect title in 2008 and 2010 if he were to produce another straight-sets triumph against Stan Wawrinka in Sunday’s final.
But something will have to give against Wawrinka. Nadal has not lost a Roland Garros final in nine attempts, while Wawrinka is yet to be beaten in a grand slam decider.