Rafael Nadal defeats Diego Schwartzman to reach French Open semi-finals

Tyler Owen
June 7, 2018

Schwartzman missed four break points at 5-2 as Nadal eventually held serve to lead for the first time with three hours approaching on the clock.

The Spaniard will face either Marin Cilic or Juan Martin del Potro, whose unfinished quarter-final was also moved over to Thursday, in Friday's semi-final. Schwartzman saw two set points come and go but at the third time of asking, after a delay while a spectator was helped out after feeling ill, the Argentine ripped a forehand victor.

Rafael Nadal's grip on the French Open title was in danger of being loosened by the unlikely figure of Diego Schwartzman.

The Argentine recovered from two sets down to beat South Africa's sixth seed Kevin Anderson 1-6 2-6 7-5 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 and move into only the second Grand Slam quarter-final of his career - and his first at Roland Garros.

Nadal's last win after losing the opening set came against Novak Djokovic in the 2014 final.

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Nadal, who lost only two points in the first five games, will next play Germany's world number 70 Maximilian Marterer.

They will return on Thursday morning.

Schwartzman, the shortest player remaining in the men's draw, continued to thrill the Paris crowds with his tenacity and ball striking but was unable to take advantage of three break opportunities as an energised Nadal eventually served out for victory.

With Halep having outlasted Angelique Kerber on Wednesday, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-2, then looked at her coach while pointing to her head, she and Muguruza grace the bracket opposite the all-American match between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, the 2017 US Open finalists who have their own curious paths.

"I was up against a great player so I had to make sure I brought my best tennis".

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