Published: Fri, June 08, 2018
Sports | By Sarah Myers

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

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

Just as Rafael Nadal was two points from pulling even at a set apiece in his surprisingly intriguing French Open quarterfinal Wednesday - just as he finally was playing like, well, Rafael Nadal - the match was suspended because of rain.

However, when the players came back on after a delay of nearly an hour Nadal immediately broke back to level the second set.

Novak Djokovic's shock exit at Roland Garros opened up the tournament bracket, although there will be a wait to see who out of Rafael Nadal and Diego Schwartzman will move into the semi final after their match was postponed until 12.00PM CET on Thursday.

The quarter-final match between Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro will also resume tomorrow, with the two top-five players locked at 5-5 in the first set tie-break.

Losing the first set was a moment of unwanted history for the veteran as it was the first he'd dropped at Roland Garros since 2015, having won his last 37 successive sets in the French Open.

Nadal also called for a medical time-out at the end of the first set to receive some treatment on both of his wrists.

Both men's matches already had been interrupted by rain once.

He may have halted the mutiny for now but Nadal was strangely off-colour, unable to dictate the rallies as he usually does on clay. The Spaniard had been on course to do the same at this year's event but saw the first set against Schwartzman go the way of the Argentine, who claimed it 6-4.

Schwartzman compiled a 20-4 edge in winners for the set, closing it with a forehand that landed right at the baseline. And previous year, he earned the trophy without dropping a set.

The 37-set run was Nadal's longest at the French Open.

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