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Rafael Nadal bolts past Schwartzman to set up French Open semifinal showdown with del Potro

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Rafael Nadal trailed the sensational Diego Schwartzman on Wednesday, but when play resumed today, Thursday, the Spaniard was back to his devastating best.

Nadal racked up his 235th Grand Slam match win as he rallied from a set down to defeat the 11th seeded Argentine 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 in a total of three hours and 42 minutes.

The men’s quarterfinal matches on Wednesday were suspended due to torrential downpour.

“I played at a better level after the rain (yesterday). I’m happy to make it to the semi-finals and want to thank the crowd for their support,” said Nadal.

The 32-year-old also, lauded Schwartzman, who made great efforts to stay in the game by forcing break points as Nadal served for the match.

“Diego is a good friend, a good player. It wasn’t easy but I wish him well for the future.”

Rafael Nadal will now face Schwartzman’s countryman, Juan Martin del Potro in what will be a rematch of last year’s US Open semifinals.

Del Potro was all square 6-6 with third seed, Marin Cilic in the first set before rain interrupted on Wednesday. The Argentine however, kept up the momentum and remained unfazed despite Cilic’s heroics, to claim a 7-6, 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 victory today.

Del Potro powered through

It will be Del Potro’s first semifinal appearance at the Roland-Garros in nine years.

Del Potro and Nadal have played each other 14 times in the past, with Nadal winning 9 of those encounters.

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