Rafael Nadal in trouble in quarters as rain suspends play

07 June, 2018, 04:40 | Author: Suzanne Horton
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An earlier rain interruption appeared to do Nadal some good.

This wasn't the first occasion that the Buenos Aires born star has caused the Spaniard problems, as he took a set off him in the Australian Open and left him physically drained ahead of the next round, which ultimately ended in defeat for Nadal.

The 25-year-old Schwartzman switched gears in the tie-break of a tight fourth set to level the contest at two sets apiece as a tiring Anderson failed to score a point.

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

Nadal made 14 unforced errors and struck just four winners in a poor first set, before having both of his wrists strapped by the trainer.

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.

Speaking on Eurosport's coverage of the Roland Garros, analyst Annabel Croft said Nadal had to overcome major stress to recover from being a set and break down. Looking at the bigger picture, Nadal hadn't ceded a set in Paris since 2015, when he lost to Novak Djokovic in the quarterfinals. And past year, he earned the trophy without dropping a set.

For a worryingly long time on day 11, pessimists were calculating that a less than stellar final here between two players outside the top 10, Schwartzman and Marco Cecchinato, was a slim possibility.

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. He was unable to finish the job before the weather made him wait.



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