Paris rain halts Rafael Nadal's momentum with Diego Schwartzman a set up

Paris rain halts Rafael Nadal's momentum with Diego Schwartzman a set up

Paris rain halts Rafael Nadal's momentum with Diego Schwartzman a set up

Nadal, in the hunt for an 11th French Open title, trails 11th seed Schwartzman 6-4, 3-5.

The world No. 1 was much-improved under the sunshine on Court Philippe Chatrier after finding life hard in damp conditions the night before, finally seeing off dogged Argentinian Schwartzman on his fourth match point.

In that quarterfinal, the fifth-seeded del Potro confronted a spectator sitting in Court Suzanne Lenglen after he hit a double fault to drop his serve at a crucial moment in the second set against the third-seeded Cilic.

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"It was a very hard match, Diego is a good friend and a good player", said the 16-time Grand Slam champion. Schwartzman had no clue how to stop Nadal's avalanche and he suffered breaks of serve in games three and five in set number four, saving a match point on serve at 1-5 and two more on the return in game eight, in his final push to prolong the match and his chances.

Nadal is only the third male player in the Open era to reach 11 semifinals at a single Grand Slam, alongside Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors.

Novak Djokovic's shock exit at Roland Garros opened up the tournament bracket, although there will be a wait to see who out of Rafael Nadal and Diego Schwartzman will move into the semi final after their match was postponed until 12.00PM CET on Thursday. Nadal returned to the court midway through serving to level the match after bad weather ended play early on Wednesday evening.

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