Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman, French Open 2018

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal French Open

Roger Federer Rafael Nadal French Open

An earlier rain interruption appeared to do Nadal some good.

Nadal came into the match undefeated against the diminutive Argentine from their five previous meetings and was yet to lose a set en route to the last eight stage, while Schwartzman recorded a comeback five-set victory against Kevin Anderson in the fourth round.

The Romanian broke serve six times against a player who made the semi-finals at the Australian Open in January.

In the other men's quarter-final, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic were locked at 5-5 in a first-set tiebreaker.

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

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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.

Nonetheless, Nadal was there to fight and he came back stronger after the first rain delay, overcoming the deficit and serving for the set at 5-3 (30-15) when the rain finally closed this day of tennis.

Nadal raised minor concerns when he had both wrists wrapped between sets, although Alex Corretja, once Andy Murray's coach, reckoned they were to soak up sweat rather than wrap an injury. Schwartzman saved a break point in the last game and he looked pumped and motivated to earn his career-best win, breaking twice in a row in set number two as well.

He went on to break Nadal two more times in the second set before the match had to be stopped due to rain. After a brief rally of handful of forehands, the ball boy seemed to have had enough of it, but Nadal insisted on playing another point and this time the ball boy brought out his double-handed backhands.

Though Nadal hit back to level for 2-2, the plucky Argentinian broke again with a thumping forehand to regain control. He was unable to finish the job before the weather made him wait.

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