Saturday, 22 September, 2018

Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman, French Open 2018

Maria Sharapova will meet Serena Williams in the fourth round GETTY IMAGES Maria Sharapova will meet Serena Williams in the fourth round
Sergio Cook | 07 June, 2018, 15:26

The enforced interlude had clearly benefited Nadal, and assuming he gets the two points he needs to level the match he will start a strong favourite on Thursday.

The world number one has also won 37 consecutive sets in this tournament, although he needed a tie-break in the third set to secure the win over the world number 70.

Then Schwartzman served for the set which, with Nadal on the other side, just could not possibly prove formulaic.

Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina stunned world number two and Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros on Monday.

The victor of the match will play either third seed Marin Cilic or Schwartzman's compatriot Juan Martin del Potro.

A rescued break point in the opening game of the third was further evidence of Marterer's fortitude and Nadal was guilty of losing focus, smashing a routine forehand into the tramlines to go 3-1 down.

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. Nadal was nowhere near his best tennis, having to play against four break points in the very first game and suffering three breaks of serve.

Hello and welcome to women's semi-finals day at the French Open, where the men have muscled their way in on the action.

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.

Play continued though, with the set following a similar pattern to the first, as Nadal broke back before dropping his serve to 15.

Nadal broke back, yeah, sure, but then Schwartzman broke again, with an outrageous return that dove down inside the baseline and helped arrange a blasted forehand victor into the corner.

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