Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Nadal's set streak ended by Schwartzman as rain halts clash

Nadal's set streak ended by Schwartzman as rain halts clash

World number one Simona Halep, the runner-up in 2014 and 2017, routed Belgian 16th seed Elise Mertens 6-2, 6-1 to reach the French Open quarterfinals for the third time.

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

The defending champion had his arm taped up at the end of the first set and the Schwartzman forehand left him in even more pain, the 25-year-old holding a 3-2 advantage following three successive breaks when rain halted play. In a match that had several tie-breaks written all over it, the pair were duking it out in a ... tie-break, with the score locked at 5-5 when they were forced off court.


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

He led 30-15 when play ended at 18:37 BST, returning at 11:00 BST on Thursday to wrap up the set and level in a matter of seconds. It will be followed by the all-American matchup between Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens.

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.


Current number one Halep made the semi-finals for the third time by battling past Germany's Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2/7), 6-3, 6-2.

"I am very pleased to be in another final in Paris", said Muguruza who has yet to drop a set in the tournament and claimed her first win over Sharapova in four meetings.


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