Rafa Nadal into French Open quarters without dropping a set

Jo Caldwell
June 7, 2018

Another rain delay sent the players off court and shortly afterwards play was suspended for the day. In the other quarterfinal, Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro were into the tiebreak and at 5-5. In a match that had several tie-breaks written all over it, the pair were duking it out in a ... tie-break, with the score locked at 5-5 when they were forced off court. A fired up Nadal was striking the ball relentlessly to reel off three straight games and move two points away from levelling the match before the rain came tumbling down again.

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

Eleventh seed Schwartzman snapped Nadal's run of winning 37 consecutive completed sets at Roland Garros when he took the opener 6-4 on Court Philippe Chatrier.

The 25-year-old took his third set point with a rasping forehand up the line, after being made to wait when a spectator fell ill in the stands.

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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.

The top seed had few problems in serving out the set and he made a flying start to the second with another break to love as Marterer got a first-hand look at why the champion has been dubbed the King of Clay.

Schwartzman, who had never even reached a Grand Slam quarter-final until last year's US Open, broke first in the second set as Nadal uncharacteristically blew a 40-15 lead, capped by two wild forehands.

The match had already been stopped for an hour on Wednesday, with Nadal trailing 6-4 2-1, before play resumed at 17:28 BST.

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Her semi-final with Halep will also decide the world number one spot next week.

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

"But today was certainly not one of those steps".

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