French Open 2018: Rafael Nadal beats Digeo Schwartzman to reach semis

Dean Simpson
June 7, 2018

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.

Three consecutive breaks - two for Schwartzman - gave the 25-year-old underdog the advantage in the second set before the first rain break.

At one point Nadal, the reigning champion and 10 times victor, found himself a set and a break down to the diminutive Argentinian Schwartzman.

Nadal, who turns 32 on Sunday, continued his bid for an 11th French Open title and 17th major by brushing aside Gasquet. Before Simona Halep v Garbiñe Muguruza and Madison Keys v Sloane Stephens, there's the not-so-small matter of Rafael Nadal's quarter-final against Diego Schwartzman, plus Marin Cilic v Juan Martín del Potro. Schwartzman saw two set points come and go but at the third time of asking, after a delay while a spectator was helped out after feeling ill, the Argentine ripped a forehand victor.

Marterer may have felt he would need a degree of fortune to have any chance of an upset and the early signs were promising as a net cord set up two break points, Nadal double faulting on the first to hand his opponent a 2-0 lead.

Schwartzman failed to consolidate the break again, but was undeterred as a ferocious forehand victor put him 5-4 up, and another fizzed forehand victor ended Nadal's long run of sets won in a row in Paris after a stoppage when a spectator collapsed.

But play was stopped with Nadal at 5-3, 30-15.

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.

Though Nadal hit back to level for 2-2, the plucky Argentinian broke again with a thumping forehand to regain control.

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