Nadal's match with Schwartzman is postponed until 12.00PM on Thursday

07 June, 2018, 15:29 | Author: Malcolm Quinn
  • Richard Gasquet 'Nadal has a different game his intensity is monstrous'

Rafael Nadal was locked in an epic battle on Philippe-Chatrier before the rain ended play early on Wednesday night.

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

Schwartzman missed four break points at 5-2 as Nadal eventually held serve to lead for the first time with three hours approaching on the clock. Both matches will have to be completed on Thursday and it will be interesting to see who will find the better momentum after such a long break, especially in the match between Nadal and Schwartzman where the Argentinian won the opening set, ending Nadal's streak of 37 consecutive sets won in Paris.

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

They will return on Thursday morning.

Soon, with Nadal serving at 3-3, Schwartzman, who did make the 2017 US Open quarterfinals and the 2018 Australian Open fourth round, played the kind of point that kept wreaking the gasps: one on which Nadal appeared the lesser aggressor which, of course, looked weird.


Kasatkina will face US Open victor Sloane Stephens for a place in the semifinals.

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. The other match, featuring Angelique Kerber and Simona Halep, went to a third after the Romanian had a scrappy start.

Sharapova made 27 unforced errors, was broken six times and served six double faults in only her fifth loss from 25 Grand Slam quarter-finals.

"But today was certainly not one of those steps".

Halep won in 59 minutes with the second set taking just 22 minutes.

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