Nadal cruises, Schwartzman fights through in Paris

Top seed Rafael Nadal reached the quarter-finals at Roland Garros when beating German Maximilian Marterer to set up a meeting with Argentine Diego Schwartzman, who came from two sets down to overcome South African Kevin Anderson on Monday.

The 10-time champion, Nadal, defeated Marterer 6-3, 6-2, 7-6(4) in a match lasting two hours and 33 minutes.

The match began with Nadal dropping serve and the German holding to lead 2-0. But after that Nadal took charge claiming his opponents serve in the fourth and sixth games to go on and serve out the set, claiming it 6-3.

It was much of the same in the second set as the 31-year-old Spaniard claimed two service breaks, first and seventh games, to go on and claim the set 6-2 to be firmly in control of proceedings.

The next set was a lot tighter, Marterer got a break in the fourth game to lead 3-1 but the very next game Nadal broke back.

The third set proceeded on serve to 6-6 and a tiebreaker, which Nadal won 7-4, to claim his 900th singles victory.

In the earlier match, Schwartzman got a first-ever victory from two down when he battled past the big-serving Anderson 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6(0), 6-2 in just under four hours on Court Suzanne-Lenglen.

The 6’8″-South African’s power had him seemingly in control after winning the opening two sets and served for the match in the third set when leading 5-4.

Schwartzman hung in and somehow broke to make it 5-5 then held his own and claimed Anderson’s for the second time, in three games, to win the set 7-5.

Once again, Anderson had the opportunity to serve for the match when leading 5-4, but yet again the 25-year-old German broke to make it 5-5 and the set went to a tiebreaker which Schwartzman won 7-0 to force a fifth set.

In the final set, Anderson looked tired and Schwartzman pounced with four service breaks, while dropping his own twice, to go on and win the set and match 6-2 and a meeting with Nadal next.

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