Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sports | By Angie Alvarado

Nadal fightback held up by rain

Nadal fightback held up by rain

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

He was hitting deeper into the corners than on Wednesday and Schwartzman was left to rue the match's first rain break that stopped the competition when he was leading 3-2 in the second set with a break.

The 10-time Roland Garros champion was a break down at 3-2 in the second when the weather halted Schwartzman's momentum and Nadal returned from the interval with a spring in his step to take a 5-3 lead.

Losing the first set was a moment of unwanted history for the veteran as it was the first he'd dropped at Roland Garros since 2015, having won his last 37 successive sets in the French Open. He was also able to raise his level when in danger, saving three break points in the eighth game of the third set with great shot-making, and four more in the final set.

"After the stop for rain I played more aggressively and I'm very happy to be back in the semi-finals here".

Nadal had some difficulties to seal the deal, having to play against three break points in that final game before he finally converted the fourth match point with a forehand victor to book his place in the semis.

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