Spanish world number 1, Rafael Nadal fended off a tough challenge from Diego Schwartzman to enter the French Open semifinals.
Initially, the match took player on Wednesday but a rain delay forced the match to be played today. The advantage was with Schwartzman as he took the first set but the interruption was a welcome sign for Nadal.
On the second go, Nadal began to fight back as he got his mojo. The final score was 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in Nadal’s favour. In fact, Schwartzman became the first man in the tournament to win a set against the Spaniard.
Rafa will now face the winner between Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro. hen he will either face Marco Cecchinato or Dominic Thiem in the final.
Here is how social media reacted to the match.
GAME, SET AND MATCH, RAFAEL NADAL!!
— Don Unai (@KingKosser) June 7, 2018
Nadal moves into his 11th @rolandgarros SFs holding a 10-0 Win-Loss record by defeating Diego Schwartzman, 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2.
The Argentine put up a good fight and becomes the only player to snatch a set till now from the 10-time champion in #RG18
— Manas (@notagujju) June 7, 2018
NADAL IS GOING TO THE SEMI-FINALS!!! Wohoo #RG18
— Tim 🤞🏻 (@tim_tim_lee) June 7, 2018
Rafa Nadal played so much better today, rather than yesterday, vs Diego Schwartzman. RN was mediocre in the 1st set, but DS played fantastic. The rain came, & that really helped 4 the Spaniard. Nadal wins 46 63 62 62, his FH was incredible – again. pic.twitter.com/LwIvdzUtR4
— Matt Cronin (@TennisReporters) June 7, 2018
Done deal. Ten-time champion Rafael Nadal fights from a set and break down to beat Diego Schwartzman 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 and reach 11th semi-final at #RolandGarros, where he awaits winner of Cilic/del Potro. pic.twitter.com/ELdqzKHdJH
— Gaspar Ribeiro Lança (@gasparlanca) June 7, 2018
Rafael Nadal on clay in the hot sun whooping ass is always a sure bet. He has literally moulded this ass whooping for a very stubborn and talented Schwartzman.
King 👑 of Clay!!!! #RG18
— 👑 DaddyMo PhD CEng 👑 (@officialdaddymo) June 7, 2018
Schwartzmann Nadal RG 2018 would always be remembered as What If#RolandGarros
— Suyash Sengar (@suyash_sengar) June 7, 2018
i would if i could have nadal's grunts as my phone ring tone… what say @renukaVyavahare
— manishalakhe (@manishalakhe) June 7, 2018
— Rose Richards (@erosmait86) June 7, 2018