Nadal completes fightback to reach 11th French Open semi-final

Nadal completes fightback to reach 11th French Open semi-final

Nadal completes fightback to reach 11th French Open semi-final

Schwartzman compiled a 20-4 edge in winners in that first set, then broke Nadal for the fifth time in eight service games and was ahead 3-2 in the second when a rain delay of just under an hour arrived.

The enormity of the situation clearly dawned on him after beating Marin Cilic in the quarter-finals on Thursday, as he sobbed tears of joy at the side of the court.

His problems began in 2010 when a wrist injury kept him out for much of the year, and despite returning to prominence, and reaching a Wimbledon semi-final in 2013, they re-materialised - nearly costing Del Potro his career.

Del Potro has won only five of his 14 previous matches against Nadal.

"I don't have any obligation to win, first thing".

"I would sign with blood to win against Thiem and reach the final even if I were to lose against Nadal". "We'll see what can I do against the king of clay".

"I thought that after nine years I will play a different one, not Rafa or Roger", he added.

- Is playing in the semi-finals for the first time since 2009 after years of injury woe.

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"And today I moved forward, and I had a better backhand".

In the third Del Potro was broken again early on but then reeled off four successive games to get his nose back in front.

Hard to believe now, but it wasn't long ago Juan Martin del Potro wanted to walk away from tennis. "Was a match that maybe is a key match", the 16-times Grand Slam champion said.

"I have to play aggressively".

In a bit of unplanned irony, play began Thursday shortly after Sweden's Robin Soderling - who profited from a combination of heavy weather and self-conviction in 2009 to hand Nadal his first-ever defeat at Roland Garros - responded to numerous inquiries by holding a rare press conference himself.

However, the Argentine player is well aware of the magnitude of his task to overcome 10-time champion Nadal.

No player in history has won as many grand slam titles at a single tournament as Nadal has in Paris.

Gustavo Kuerten clinched the first of his three French Open crowns as a little-known 66th-ranked Brazilian in 1997.

Sharapova didn't need to play a point in the fourth round, because Serena Williams pulled out of their much-anticipated match with an injured chest muscle. You have to take a lot of risks.

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