Nadal has Schwartzman battle on his hands

Arnold Nichols
June 7, 2018

He hit 20 winners as Nadal's winning streak of 37 sets at Roland Garros, going back to his 2015 quarter-final defeat by Novak Djokovic, was ended.

Play at the French Open has been called off for the day because of rain.

That proved costly as Nadal broke and then repeated the trick to move into a 5-3, 30-15 lead.

On Suzanne-Lenglen, Marin Cilic's last-eight tie with Juan-Martin Del Potro failed to burst into life until the ninth game, when the Croatian saved three break points before eventually holding, and did likewise in his next service game before taking the set to a tiebreak - which was locked at 5-5.

Nadal also called for a medical time-out at the end of the first set to receive some treatment on both of his wrists.


The players were forced off the court for 40 minutes, but when they returned Nadal levelled for 3-3 and let out a trademark roar of vamos.

The Spaniard had been on course to do the same at this year's event but saw the first set against Schwartzman go the way of the Argentine, who claimed it 6-4.

The Spanish third seed, who was the champion in Paris in 2016, swept aside the Russian 6-2, 6-1 in just an hour and 10 minutes. "He's a little bit nervous so he might miss the first ball", she said.

Schwartzman's supporters will be hoping he won't be too exhausted from his heroic five-set win over the giant South African Kevin Anderson on Monday and has the self-belief to overcome a 0-5 head-to-head record against Nadal.

Two-time runner-up Halep came back from a set down for the second time in the tournament to see off 12th seed Kerber, who was bidding to become the first German woman in the last-four since Steffi Graf in 1999.

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