Nadal fightback held up by rain

Rafa Nadal

Rafael Nadal will resume his quarter-final against Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman on Friday still trailing by a set after rain forced the suspension of play.

Nadal, in the hunt for an 11th French Open title, trails 11th seed Schwartzman 6-4, 3-5.

The Spaniard looked to be just a couple of points away from taking the second set when play was halted for the last time, however, serving with a 5-3 and 30-15 lead.

An earlier rain interruption appeared to do Nadal some good. He had lost the first set and was a break down in the second before returning from a one-hour interruption to turn the tables on Schwartzman and gain the upper hand.

Nadal also called for a medical time-out at the end of the first set to receive some treatment on both of his wrists.

Nadal and Schwartzman will resume their enthralling last-eight match at 12:00 local time on Thursday, with the 25-year-old Argentine seeking to become only the third player ever to beat Nadal at Roland Garros.

The quarter-final match between Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro will also resume tomorrow, with the two top-five players locked at 5-5 in the first set tie-break.

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