Del Potro to face Nadal in first French Open semifinal since 2009

Rafael Nadal comes from behind to defeat Diego Schwartzman and reach French Open semi-final

The pair were locked at 5-5 in a first-set tie break when the rain came, and it was fifth seed Del Potro who took the first two points upon the resumption to draw first blood.

Del Potro has won six of his last seven matches on clay court.

The Italian won his first ATP World Tour title at the Hungarian Open as a lucky loser and will need some more luck to go his way on Friday to pull off another upset.

"Sometimes you play better, sometimes you are more nervous". Nadal hopes to make his 11th French Open final appearance.

The 29-year-old was in tears after the win.

Nadal giving up a 6.5 game head start is [1.74] on the Exchange, and I'd expect this to rise by several ticks as the market forms in the run-up to the match, and I'm quite happy to look at this as a more viable proposition. The second set like, the first was dominated by serve until Cilic fired himself up to break at 4-4 - a furious Del Potro throwing his racket at the changeover.

He was serving for it at 5-3, 30-15 when a new shower ended play for the day.

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There was a stretch Wednesday when it did seem as if Schwartzman might have a chance to become only the third man to beat Nadal at the French Open, joining Robin Soderling (fourth round, 2009) and Novak Djokovic (quarterfinals, 2015). I don't think you can know exactly how old your body is [in that way]. I am so proud to be playing tennis. Their match was also initially suspended by rain headed for a tiebreaker at 6-6 in the first set.

He buckled at 5-5 though and sent a backhand long on break point, leaving Del Potro to serve for the match, which he did easily as Cilic sent three more backhands out. For good. He had four wrist surgeries - three to his left and one to his right.

Otherwise, he stayed steady in a 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 3 Marin Cilic in a matchup between two past U.S. Open champions. Additionally, emotion and momentum has to be on the side of Del Potro, who is thrilled to be at this stage, while Nadal faces all the pressure of expectations.

Juan Martin Del Potro is coming off a four sets win over Marin Čilić that took 40 games to decide.

Top-ranked Simona Halep is up against 2016 champion Garbine Muguruza in the other semifinal match.

Del Potro gave 11 break point chances in 23 service games (0.48 per game) in this quarter-final, considerably higher than his 0.35 per game figure on clay in 2018. But she fell apart and eventually lost to the unseeded Latvian in her second French Open final.

"I thought that after nine years I will play a different one, not Rafa or Roger", he added.

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