French Open fans witness a comet: Rafael Nadal loses a set

07 June, 2018, 15:25 | Author: Virgil Todd
  • Richard Gasquet 'Nadal has a different game his intensity is monstrous'

A rare couple of wobbles failed to derail Rafael Nadal, who overcame the spirited challenge of Maximilian Marterer to reach the French Open quarter-finals with a 6-3, 6-2, 7-6 (7-4) success on Monday.

As a outcome of this, Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro's match has been moved back to Thursday.

The Argentine recovered from two sets down to beat South Africa's sixth seed Kevin Anderson 1-6 2-6 7-5 7-6 (7-5) 6-2 and move into only the second Grand Slam quarter-final of his career - and his first at Roland Garros.

Whoever reaches the final from that side of the draw will face either Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem or unseeded Italian Marco Cecchinato in Sunday's final.

Spain's Rafael Nadal stretches to return the ball to Switzerland's Stan Wawrinka during their final match of the French Open tennis tournament.

When Schwartzman broke in the third game of the second set, the alarm bells were ringing in the Nadal camp and although he quickly levelled he was immediately broken again.

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Schwartzman started the match aggressively, hitting 20 winners as he became the first player to take a set off Nadal in Paris since 2015.

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.

On Thursday, it was rarely used as effectively.

Nadal, whose game was suited by the warmer and quicker conditions on Thursday, missed a match point on Schwartzman's serve and spurned two more in the following game.

He went on to break Nadal two more times in the second set before the match had to be stopped due to rain.

Nadal broke back, yeah, sure, but then Schwartzman broke again, with an outrageous return that dove down inside the baseline and helped arrange a blasted forehand victor into the corner.

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