Nadal Defeats Schwartzman in 2-day Encounter
Rafael Nadal of Spain, and Diego Schwartzman of Argentina played their quarter-final match of the French Open, over two consecutive days. Rain halted play on the day of the match, during the second set, and the match was suspended until the following day. When play resumed and the dust had settled, Nadal had notched up another victory, and a place in the semi-finals.
The match was scheduled to begin on the 6th of June, but was interrupted and suspended due to rain during the second set. This allowed some reprieve to Nadal, who had dropped the first set 4-6. Schwartzman seemed to be playing to a plan and appeared to possess a knack for playing the Nadal serve to his own advantage. The second set saw Nadal coming back to form after the minor hiccup in the first, before rain played spoilsport and halted proceedings. The next day saw Nadal win the second set 6-3. From that point on, the Spanish tennis ace went from strength to strength, and his serve once again proved to be a serious part of his arsenal, leaving Schwartzman and his challenge from the previous day looking like a distant memory. The Argentinian had his service game broken many times in the next two sets as Nadal rounded up the match to end with a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 result.
Nadal will face Juan Martin del Potro in the semi-finals, as he continues to make his way to his 11th Roland Garros title.