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French Open 2018: Rafael Nadal v Diego Schwartzman held up by rain

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Schwartzman is bidding to reach the semi-finals at a Grand Slam for the first time
bbc.comTop seed Rafael Nadal will resume his fight to stay in the French Open on Thursday after his quarter-final against Argentina's Diego Schwartzman was held up by rain.Nadal, aiming for an 11th French Open title, trails the 11th seed 6-3 3-5.The Spaniard lost his first set at Roland Garros since 2015 before a one-hour rain delay halted play.
Nadal, 32, fought back when the match resumed but more rain came and it was abandoned for the day at 18:37 BST.Nadal and Schwartzman will resume a gripping last-eight match at 11:00 BST on Thursday, with the 25-year-old Argentine seeking to become only the third player to beat Nadal in 86 singles matches at the French Open.Nadal suffered a shock last-16 loss to Sweden's Robin Soderling in 2009 and, less surprisingly, to then-world number one Novak Djokovic in their 2015 quarter-final.He also pulled out of the 2016 tournament with a wrist injury before his last-32 match against fellow Spaniard Marcel Granollers.Wednesday's other quarter-final was also postponed until 11:00 BST on Thursday because of the rain, with Croatian third seed Marin Cilic and Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro level at 5-5 in a first-set tie-break.
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Nadal had his wrist strapped during a medical timeoutNadal is the hot favourite to the tournament, having dominating on the red clay since making his debut in 2005.But a seismic shock looked on the cards when Schwartzman, who has not beaten Nadal in five previous attempts, won the first set.Despite only standing 5ft 7in, the Argentine possesses a stinging forehand and used it aggressively to rock 16-time major winner Nadal.He hit 20 winners as Nadal's winning streak of 37 sets at Roland Garros, going back to his 2015 quarter-final defeat by Novak Djokovic, was ended.Nadal, who spent almost three months out of the game after the 2016 French Open with a wrist injury, needed treatment on both of his wrists at the end of the first set.The world number one went a break down at 2-1 in the second set, only for Schwartzman to hand it straight back to love.But the inspired Argentine broke Nadal again to claim a 3-2 lead.Then came the hour-long rain break, which disrupted Schwartzman's momentum and allowed Nadal to regroup.Nadal, returning with his famed forehand finally firing on all cylinders, earned back-to-back breaks to move within a hold of the set.He led 30-15 as he aimed to tie the match before more rain arrived and the players ran off court - this time for the night.
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