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Nadal's Roland Garros set streak ended by Schwartzman

07 June, 2018, 04:43 | Author: Carla Brady
  • Rafael Nadal plays a backhand during his men's singles third round win over Richard Gasquet at the 2018 French Open

Marterer may have felt he would need a degree of fortune to have any chance of an upset and the early signs were promising as a net cord set up two break points, Nadal double faulting on the first to hand his opponent a 2-0 lead.

Nadal came into the match undefeated against the diminutive Argentine from their five previous meetings and was yet to lose a set en route to the last eight stage, while Schwartzman recorded a comeback five-set victory against Kevin Anderson in the fourth round.

The victor will face either Juan Martin del Potro or Marin Cilic, who were locked at 5-5 in a first-set tiebreak.

Russian 14th seed Daria Kasatkina stunned world number two and Australian Open champion Caroline Wozniacki 7-6 (7/5), 6-3 to reach her first Grand Slam quarter-final at Roland Garros on Monday.

After a brief return to the court, Nadal's situation looked far less perilous as he won three games on the spin and moved just two points away from levelling the match at 30-15, 4-6 5-3.




Prior to the delay Nadal was not playing his best tennis, and was struggling to find his usual clay court rhythm.

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.

For Nadal, that happened when he was down a break at 3-2 in the second set, and the delay of a little less than an hour seemed to help him begin to change course against Schwartzman, a 1.7 metre Argentine who was putting almost every shot right where he wanted to in the early stages.

The following year, Nadal won a pair of straight-set matches before withdrawing with an injured tendon in his left wrist. His serve came undone again at 5-6 as Schwartzman took the third set.

Nadal hit a floater that was possibly headed wide, yet Schwartzman attempted a volley that missed.

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