Rafa Nadal into French Open quarters without dropping a set

Rafa Nadal into French Open quarters without dropping a set

After a brief return to the court, Nadal's situation looked far less perilous as he won three games on the spin and moved just two points away from levelling the match at 30-15, 4-6 5-3. "So I felt like I was a more developed player".

The 25-year-old Argentine possesses a stinging forehand and used it aggressively to rock Nadal on Wednesday.

Nadal returned with his famed forehand finally firing on all cylinders, earning back-to-back breaks to move within a hold of the set.

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Kasatkina will face US Open victor Sloane Stephens for a place in the semifinals. Three of Nadal's 10 titles here have come without the loss of any set, including the one a year ago, when none of his sets got any hairier than 6-4, and only three of the 19 (with a retirement mixed in) hit that.

However, when the players came back on after a delay of nearly an hour Nadal immediately broke back to level the second set.

The Spanish No. 1 required treatment at the change of ends for a right wrist problems and at the start of the second, Schwartzman struck again.

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Nadal only dropped one point in the opening two games, going a double break up for a 4-1 lead. It got the crowd purring and the physio coming.

Marterer, enjoying his best run on just his third appearance in the main draw of a major, performed with admirable composure and maturity that belied his 22 years and did force another break midway through the third set but ultimately could do little to halt the Nadal juggernaut.

So the people had seen something, and also something else.

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The players stood for some minutes until several people helped the man off to much applause, and the chair umpire restored Schwartzman's first serve, which landed in and began another barbed journey of a seven-shot rally.

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