Rafael Nadal trails Diego Schwartzman before rain ends play at French Open

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Rafael Nadal can still win this French Open, but he will have to carry the late momentum of his rain-interrupted fightback against the redoubtable Diego Schwartzman into the resumption on Thursday if he is not to be the author of his own exit from a tournament he virtually owns.

Schwartzman, the 11th seed, was certainly playing out of his skin, but even that should have not been enough to trouble a Nadal playing anywhere near his peak.

Rafa Nadal continued his birthday celebrations by moving into the French Open quarter-finals on Monday, beating a determined Maximilian Marterer 6-3 6-2 7-6 (4).

Nadal, aiming for an 11th French Open title, trails the 11th seed 6-3 3-5.

At one point Nadal, the reigning champion and 10 times victor, found himself a set and a break down to the diminutive Argentinian Schwartzman.

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Despite the numerous changes off the bench on either side, the tempo of the game never slowed down instead it went up a notch. The Super Eagles lost 2-1 to England in their penultimate friendly encounter before heading out for Russian Federation .


Sharapova made 27 unforced errors, was broken six times and served six double faults in only her fifth loss from 25 Grand Slam quarter-finals.

The Spanish No. 1 required treatment at the change of ends for a right wrist problems and at the start of the second, Schwartzman struck again. He hit only four winners in the first set, none with his backhand, while Schwartzman produced 20 in that span.

The first set finished 6-4 in Schwartzman's favour, whilst play ended for the day with the Spaniard leading 5-3 in the second set, serving for the set when play resumes.

On Suzanne-Lenglen, Marin Cilic's last-eight tie with Juan-Martin Del Potro failed to burst into life until the ninth game, when the Croatian saved three break points before eventually holding, and did likewise in his next service game before taking the set to a tiebreak - which was locked at 5-5. He had the ball in his hand at 30-15 when they left Court Philippe-Chatrier for the last time.

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