Rafael Nadal in trouble in quarters as rain suspends play

Lawrence Cooper
June 7, 2018

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).

The 25-year-old took his third set point with a rasping forehand up the line, after being made to wait when a spectator fell ill in the stands.

Another rain delay sent the players off court and shortly afterwards play was suspended for the day.

But Nadal, as he has done so often, averted catastrophe after a 53-minute "interrompu" for rain, when he returned trailing 2-3 and a break to grind his way to a 5-3 lead.

Nadal made 14 unforced errors and struck just four winners in a poor first set, before having both of his wrists strapped by the trainer.

In the other remaining quarterfinal, which will continue Thursday at Court Suzanne Lenglen, No 3 Marin Cilic and No 5 Juan Martin del Potro were at 5-5 in a first-set tiebreaker when the play-ending shower came.

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Muguruza looked dominant in the win over Sharapova, winning in straight sets 6-2, 6-1.

She'll move on to face world No. 1 Simona Halep, who needed three sets to defeat No. 12 Angelique Kerber. He had the ball in his hand at 30-15 when they left Court Philippe-Chatrier for the last time.

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.

Nadal's serve, and forehand, had seemingly deserted him as he was broken three times in the first set.

"But today was certainly not one of those steps".

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