Sport Rampant Nadal capitalises on rain reprieve to reach last four

15:40  07 june  2018
15:40  07 june  2018 Source:   msn.com

Rain halts play with Bolelli fighting back against Nadal

  Rain halts play with Bolelli fighting back against Nadal Rafael Nadal was two sets up but a break down in the third when rain brought a premature end to his match with Simone Bolelli.Inclement weather meant Simone Bolelli's fightback against defending French Open champion Rafael Nadal was halted in its tracks in the third set on Monday.

Sport Rampant Nadal beats Djokovic to reach Italian Open final. He will play Austria's Dominic Thiem on Friday for a place in the last four .

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Nadalcropped: World number one Rafael Nadal © Provided by Omnisport World number one Rafael Nadal

Normal service was resumed as Rafael Nadal survived a scare to ultimately ease past Diego Schwartzman and reach his 11th French Open semi-final on Thursday.

An inspired Schwartzman ended the world number one's run of 37 consecutive sets won at Roland Garros and was a break up in the second when rain halted play for the first time on Wednesday.

Nadal came out firing following a short interval to lead 5-3 before play was suspended on a dismal night in Paris and the top seed returned to win 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 under blue skies the following afternoon.

The 10-time French Open champion was much more like his usual self, showing no signs of being troubled after having both wrists taped following the opening set in a lacklustre performance the previous day.

Nadal delayed by rain as Djokovic eases through

  Nadal delayed by rain as Djokovic eases through There were mixed fortunes for Novak Djokovic, Rafael Nadal and Stan Wawrinka on day two of the French Open at Roland Garros.Rafael Nadal was perhaps glad to see the Paris skies open on Monday as Simone Bolelli threatened a comeback in their French Open first-round meeting.

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Nadal has 234. Just Novak Djokovic, with 244 Grand Slam wins, and Roger Federer, with 332, are ahead of him. But in his chase for a record-extending 11th title at Roland Garros, the only numbers Nadal seems to be keeping “Just a crazy match,” said the Croatian, a quarterfinalist last year, too.

Nadal struck 34 winners and Schwartzman racked up 64 unforced errors as the 'King of Clay' joined Bjorn Borg and Roger Federer in becoming the only men to reach 11 semi-finals in the same major in the Open Era.

Marin Cilic or Juan Martin del Potro will be his opponent in the last four.

Nadal needed just the two points to level the match when play resumed, a pair of errant backhands pegging Schwartzman back, and the 11th seed crashed a forehand into the net to go a break down in the first game of the third set.

The Nadal serve let him down on Wednesday, but it was much more potent as he consolidated that early break and piled the pressure on a struggling Schwartzman.

Nadal fights to finish off persistent Bolelli

  Nadal fights to finish off persistent Bolelli Rafael Nadal encountered a challenge as he commenced his French Open defence with a tricky straight-sets win over Simone Bolelli.Rafael Nadal saw off four set points in a third-set tie-break as he demonstrated extreme patience to beat Simone Bolelli 6-4 6-3 7-6 (11-9) in a rain-delayed French Open first-round tie.

So both Nadal , the 10-time champion at Roland Garros, and 11th-seeded Diego Schwartzman, attempting to reach a Grand Slam semifinal for the first time, were given a night to rest before He hit only four winners in the first set, none with his backhand, while Schwartzman produced 20 in that span.

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Less than 24 hours after he had peppered Nadal with rasping forehands, the underdog was off the pace and fell a double-break down at 4-1 following an exquisite drop shot from his opponent.

Nadal had the crowd purring when he fired a backhand winner down the line and punched the air after showing incredible defensive skills to save one of four break points, before Schwartzman thrashed a forehand long to go a set down.

Another Schwartzman unforced error gave Nadal an early break in the fourth and the former missed a simple overhead volley at the net that would have given him two break points.

Schwartzman showed flashes of the brilliance he showed in the first set and early in the second, but Nadal saved three break points with majestic winners and held to move into the last four yet again.

Nadal [1] bt Schwartzman [11] 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2

Nadal – 34/46
Schwartzman – 37/64

Nadal – 1/3
Schwartzman – 1/3

Nadal – 9/18
Schwartzman – 5/20

Nadal – 57
Schwartzman – 58

Nadal – 60/54
Schwartzman – 55/36

Nadal – 137
Schwartzman – 110

Majestic Nadal crushes Del Potro to reach 11th final in Paris .
Rafael Nadal conjured up yet another clay-court masterclass to set up a showdown with Dominic Thiem in Paris on SundayRafael Nadal stormed into an unprecedented 11th French Open final with a crushing straight-sets victory over a forlorn Juan Martin del Potro.

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