Rafael Nadal's French Open set streak ends in quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal's French Open set streak ends in quarterfinals

"But then I got lucky to win the first set, playing two good points". Only one of his wins at Roland Garros this year has been decided via straight sets, but a common theme seems to be that he's got better as matches have got longer.

He added: "It was a very hard match against a good friend and good player".

-When you buy Tennis Channel Plus, your 12-month subscription gets you access to every ATP Masters 1000 tournament played outside the USA, and every round through the finals of WTA Indian Wells, Miami and Cincinnati. Del Potro hopes to make his second career grand slam final and first since the 2009 US Open.

Schwartzman took the opener 6-4, ending Nadal's streak of winning 37 consecutive completed sets at the clay-court major. He is also the only player to have defeated Nadal on the red dirt this year.

The Argentine saw off Marin Cilic in four sets in a rain-delayed quarter-final at Roland Garros, to reach a second semi-final from the last three Grand Slams, following a final-four spot in NY last September.

Nadal fought off four break points in the decisive eighth game of the third set and added four more break points saved on his way to victory in the fourth set. I continued the level of intensity that I played after the first stop.

The 11th-seeded Schwartzman has never made it to the final four at any Grand Slam tournament.

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These two have played 14 times and Nadal has won nine of those meetings. "It's very hard. I think more when I do play Madi".

"Del Potro has achieved great victories this year".

Del Potro, the US Open victor in 2009, is playing the tournament for only the second time since 2012 after a spate of injuries. He has surpassed all expectations as his last-minute decision to participate has ended up with him in the final-four. "He has fantastic potential", said the 16-time Grand Slam champion. She led Jelena Ostapenko by a set and 3-0 in last year's final at Roland Garros.

"It's tough to speak now", said an emotional Del Potro.

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