"Just thinking in a positive way and just thinking that I have to hold".
"For sure I can take some things from that", he said.
"He managed to do it well".
If Thiem is, as he is widely regarded, the second best clay-court player in the world then he probably has a few more of these pummellings to look forward to at least until Nadal, 32, finally calls it a day. "He beat me in Madrid‚ he has big power so I have to be at my best and improve‚" said Nadal.
"It's impossible without hard work and going through tough moments".
He said: "What you did and what you're doing it's one of the most awesoming things that (an) athlete ever achieved in sports, to win this tournament 11 times".
He added: "I am very happy to be back in the final here at Roland Garros".
For example, losers in this year's first round left Paris with €40,000 - a 12.5 per cent jump on last year's €35,000.
Rafael Nadal improved to 11-0 in French Open semifinals as he seeks his 11th title at the clay-court Grand Slam tournament, saving all seven break points he faced and overwhelming 2009 U.S. Open champion Juan Martin del Potro 6-4, 6-1, 6-2.
This time, Thiem instead faced Cecchinato, a 25-year-old from Sicily who never had won a Grand Slam match until this tournament and was the lowest-ranked men's semifinalist at the clay-court major in 19 years.
Nadal will remain at the top of the ATP rankings ahead of Roger Federer.
The sixth-seeded Frenchmen have won two Grand Slams together.
His uncle thought wrapping around Nadal's left forearm was too tight.
Nadal broke in the lone game he had an opportunity to wrap up the set.
After Thiem served, the trainer reappeared and massaged Nadal's forearm and wrist.
In the second set, Schwartzman won the fifth game and led 3-2 when play was first halted.
It was the Austrian's third consecutive appearance in the semifinals at Roland Garros.
Thiem beat Nadal in Madrid Open in May and has been the second best player during the clay season.
Nadal won the first set 6-4.
But that was only after Nadal had allowed him just two games in a last-eight mauling in Monte Carlo.
He has not been broken since.
Thiem is contesting his first Grand Slam final.
The Czech pair beat second-seeded Andrea Sestini Hlavackova and Barbora Strycova 6-3, 6-2.
Thiem's serving and shot-making under pressure were among his principle weaknesses in losing the first set.
What went through Nadal's mind right then?
Looking ahead to the final and recalling Thiem's victory over Nadal in Madrid, a exhausted del Potro uttered: "Maybe on Sunday (Thiem) can repeat".
Free to impose his game against wilting Cecchinato, Thiem ruthlessly closed out the match in straight sets.
Increasingly frustrated at Cecchinato's resistance, Thiem lost his composure completely in the second set.
Rattled by the Italian's revival, Thiem clicked into overdrive - and aided by Cecchinato unforced errors - clinched a crucial break for 6-5 by crunching a forehand victor.
Nadal took a stranglehold on the match and powered on to victory in two hours 14 minutes to set up a final against Austria's seventh seed Dominic Thiem.