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Nadal* 4-6, 6-3, 5-2 Schwartzman (*denotes next server)
Sublime. Nadal opens up with a whipped forehand winner deep into the corner which Schwartzman can only watch zip past him. Schwartzman hasn’t been able to get his returns back like yesterday to sustain the heat on Nadal. A couple of loose backhands from Nadal allow the Argentine to stay in touch at 30-all and another backhand into the middle gives Schwartzman breathing space at game point and this time he’s able to hold.
Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 5-1 Schwartzman* (*denotes next server)
Schwartzman muttering words of encouragement to himself as he waits an age to receive service, but Nadal’s forehands are proving a tricky obstacle to cope with and his timing isn’t what it was just 18 hours ago. Nadal works the angles, pushing Schwartzman out wide and as the Spaniard moves to two game points.
A serve down the T is too hot for the Argentine to handle. Nadal’s service game has been impeccable today.
Nadal* 4-6, 6-3, 4-1 Schwartzman (*denotes next server)
The Argentine shows great hands to execute a drop shot, mixing it up and trying something different. In a flash he returns to his shoulder-shrugging at another wayward forehand. Mentally he’s got to keep it together before this set gets away from him. Crucially at 30-all, Nadal takes advantage of a short ball to punch home a backhand cross-court winner to set up another break point. A quite brilliant drop shot from Nadal ensures the Spaniard of a three-game cushion this set. Schwartzman appears at a loss as to what is happening out there. NADAL BREAKS.
Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 3-1 Schwartzman* (*denotes next server)
A shrug of the shoulders from Schwartzman at a missed forehand. In fairness it was only by millimetres but it leaves him trailing 30-0 this game and hasn’t had a sniff on Nadal’s service game since the resumption. Nadal is motoring through the gears, delivering a rasping forehand winner into the corner for three game points. A booming first serve gets him over the line again.
Nadal* 4-6, 6-3, 2-1 Schwartzman (*denotes next server)
The balls are bouncing up favourably for Nadal this morning, allowing the Spaniard to load up his forehands and give the Argentine plenty of questions. Nadal keeps his foot on the gas, pinning the Argentine behind the baseline and the 11th seed is struggling to get a point on the board.
He manages one perfectly-timed overhead which loops brilliantly over Nadal’s head and lands on the line. That’s helped his confidence. He backs it up with a solid forehand down the line which is too strong for Nadal for 30-all. That’s better. The Argentine turns the game on its head with a third straight point and the fourth quickly follows as Nadal swings long.
Nadal 4-6, 6-3, 2-0 Schwartzman* (*denotes next server)
Wow, Nadal has found his range and settled quickly with some deep, deep striking forcing Schwartzman to blink first in the opening baseline duel. Schwartzman puffs out his cheeks lining up to receive serve but is out of answers to the Spaniard’s power and poise upon the resumption so far. Nadal holds to love.
Nadal* 4-6, 6-3, 1-0 Schwartzman (*denotes next server)
Schwartzman showing signs of nerves and tightness early on, not surprisingly as Nadal draws the error for a mini break at 0-30.
Another short ball into the middle moves Nadal quickly to three break points. A solid first serve down the T is too good to save the first. But he swipes his next forehand into the tape and Nadal has the edge. NADAL BREAKS.
Nadal 4-6, 6-3 Schwartzman* (*denotes next server)
We resume, Nadal serving at 30-15 and the Spaniard sets up double set point as he advances to the net and Schwartzman can’t pass. Nadal takes the set and draws level for the match when the Argentine strikes his service return into the middle. This is now a three-set shootout. NADAL WINS SECOND SET TO LEVEL MATCH.
Del Potro, meanwhile, has taken the first set against Cilic, winning the tiebreak 7-5 over on Suzanne Lenglen.
And here they come
Schwartzman enters Philippe Chatrier first waving to spectators, his fingers heavily taped. Nadal enters the arena a minute later to louder cheers as the crowd starts to build. Just a reminder, Nadal will be serving at 30-15 attempting to win the second set to level the match.
The sun is out
After the gloomy conditions of yesterday, the sun is beaming down on Philippe Chatrier which will work to Nadal’s advantage. The slower, heavier conditions weren’t conducive to Nadal’s spin-heavy game and allowed Schwartzman to keep rallies to a minimum and dictate play. The players are due on court any minute now.
‘Schwartzman will have slept better’
Three-time French Open champion and Eurosport commentator Mats Wilander has confidently said that Schwartzman will be the better rested player ahead of the resumption.
“Today Nadal will come out and be a little tight but the scoreboard will be wiped clean. Schwartzman will have got the better night’s sleeep. He’ll be one-set all at worst after five minutes (of play today). He’s done more than anyone else in the last three years against Rafa. He will be thinking ‘I know what to do to make Nadal worse’. He might go on to lose, but he knows how to trouble him.”
After yesterday’s rain, today’s schedule has been slightly tweaked. While the resumption of Nadal vs Schwartzman takes place on Philippe Chatrier, Juan Martin del Porto will return for day two of his clash with Australian Open finalist Marin Cilic over on Suzanne Lenglen. The two were locked 5-5 in a first-set tiebreak when their match was postponed for the day.
Organisers have allowed spectators with tickets for yesterday’s quarter-finals access to the ground courts and Suzanne Lenglen today to watch the conclusion of that match.
Later this afternoon, and not before 14.00BST, the two women’s semi-finals will take place. The battle for world No 1 takes place first as Simona Halep takes on Garbine Muguruza. A repeat of the US Open final follows when Madison Keys faces Sloane Stephens.
Nadal vs Schwartzman – part II
Morning all and welcome to the resumption of Rafael Nadal’s clash with Diego Schwartzman, a quarter-final which was derailed by the rain yesterday evening.
Nadal would have been grateful to retreat to the changing rooms as his grip on his 11th French Open title was thrown off course by the 5ft 7in Argentine.
The Spaniard was a set and a break down to the 11th seed when the first rain fell yesterday. It was the first set Nadal had lost in his last 38 consecutive sets, stretching over three French Open campaigns – meaning Bjorn Borg’s record of 41 straight sets won remained intact.
When they resumed last night, Nadal broke back to level the second set and a hold and a break later meant Nadal was serving to level the match.
When the rain came down for a second time, Nadal was 30-15 up but trailing 4-6, 5-3.
Nadal had also given fans a scare when he had both his wrists strapped at the end of the first set. It is thought it had nothing to do with injury but instead to stop his sweat dripping on to the handle of his racket.
The conditions in Paris today look fair with temperatures around the low 20s which at least mean proceedings shouldn’t be disrupted or dictated by rain.
Who will come out fresher for the resumption? While Nadal has experienced moments like this before, Schwartzman is unlikely to have had a sound night’s sleep as he chews over what he has achieved already. Can he complete a fairytale victory? We will find out later this morning.
Play resumes on Court Philippe Chatrier at 11BST.
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