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Rafael Nadal comes from behind to defeat Diego Schwartzman and reach French Open semi-final Tennis: Rafael Nadal reaches 11th French Open semifinal
Rita Gibson | 08 June, 2018, 12:29

Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro came through a clash of the titans against Marin Cilic to reach his first French Open semi-final for nine years, winning a rain-delayed duel 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 6-3 7-5.

The struggles he faced on Wednesday in losing a set at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015 were put to bed during the second day of the match, as he broke 11th seed Schwartzman s serve four times in the final two sets to ease through.

"I've been a long time without feeling good with my body".

"Well, it's tough to speak", the 29-year-old, who has risen back to sixth in the rankings after battling back from three left wrist surgeries, said on court as fans sang "Delpo, Delpo".

"Everybody knows that I was close to quitting this sport two years ago", del Potro said later in press.

The 10-time champion needed a downpour on Wednesday evening to rescue him from a deluge of break points, five of which were converted by tricky Argentinian Diego Schwartzman. It marks the world No. 6's first French Open semifinal since 2009.

Halep looks like the runaway favourite for Saturday's clash, although 2017 U.S. Open victor Stephens holds the advantage of having won a major and can clinch a second Grand Slam crown in nine months if she upsets the odds in Paris.

Rafael Nadal remains the favorite but must defeat the Tower of Tandil, Juan Martin Del Potro to reach the final.

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On the role of his team during a testing time, he added: 'It was very important for me to have their support and my family as well, my friends.

"I played to a better level, more aggressive".

The 11th-seeded Schwartzman has never made it to the final four at any Grand Slam tournament.

The top seed would have been delighted to return in his favoured hot conditions after the gloom of the night before, and a hasty end looked in sight when Nadal opened up a 4-1 third-set lead with a double break courtesy of a booming forehand followed by the cutest of drop shots.

"And today I moved forward, and I had a better backhand".

Two women who have won the title at Roland Garros, Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza, play each other in the quarterfinals. However, Cecchinato is on fire and we've already seen the upsets this Italian can cause. The only one that he won was in 2009 at the US Open, when he defeated Nadal and Federer back-to-back to win his only Grand Slam trophy.

Someone in the stands cried out during his serve, disrupting his focus as he double faulted and handed Cilic a critical break for 5-4 in the second set.

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