French Open 2018: Rafael Nadal v Diego Schwartzman held up by rain

Aubrey Yates
June 7, 2018

An earlier rain interruption appeared to do Nadal some good.

Rafael Nadal has lost his first set at the French Open since 2015.

The two remaining men's quarterfinals were suspended in progress and will resume 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.

The Spanish No. 1 required treatment at the change of ends for a right wrist problems and at the start of the second, Schwartzman struck again.

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Prior to the delay Nadal was not playing his best tennis, and was struggling to find his usual clay court rhythm.

He also took his run of consecutive completed sets at the French Open to 34, just seven shy of the record held by Bjorn Borg between 1979 and 1981. And previous year, he earned the trophy without dropping a set.

Dominic Thiem and Marco Cecchinato have both completed their quarter-final duties on Tuesday and we cannot say the same for four players who have stepped in to highlight the Wednesday's action, as both quarter-finals are delayed for Thursday due to rain.

More important than that, of course, is the match's ultimate outcome, and a significant moment came with Schwartzman serving while up 3-2 in the second after the initial delay.

Nadal was soon back on serve when it was Marterer's turn to double fault and after saving two break points in game five, the Spaniard carried his momentum into the next with a break to love and a 4-2 advantage courtesy of a fine inside-out forehand. He was unable to finish the job before the weather made him wait.

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