Rafael Nadal overcomes hiccup to march into French Open semi-finals

Rafael Nadal overcomes hiccup to march into French Open semi-finals

Rafael Nadal overcomes hiccup to march into French Open semi-finals

The former US Open champion, who nearly retired from the sport two years ago after persistent wrist injuries, had said he would make a "last-minute decision" on his Roland Garros participation after suffering a leg injury at the Rome Masters.

Argentina´s Juan Martin Del Potro came through a clash of the titans against Marin Cilic to reach his first French Open semi-final for nine years on Thursday, winning a rain-delayed duel 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5. He repelled one match point on his own serve and pressured Nadal through two more at 5-2, earning three break points.

Del Potro needed only two points to pocket the first set as Cilic blinked first, netting a routine forehand a 5-6.

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

"He was playing great, and I was playing too defensive".

"I would sign with blood to win against Thiem and reach the final even if I were to lose against Nadal".

Nadal struck 34 winners and Schwartzman racked up 64 unforced errors as the "King of Clay" joined Bjorn Borg and Roger Federer in becoming the only men to reach 11 semifinals in the same major in the Open Era.

"I am a human person", the Spaniard, who next faces Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, told reporters following his 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory. He played some fantastic aggressive tennis to get through Djokovic in the quarters, just like he played awesome aggressive tennis to get to the quarters.

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- Is playing in the semi-finals for the first time since 2009 after years of injury woe. However, I said that I'd be shocked if Cecchinato defeated Djokovic, and he managed that feat, so the Italian clay-courter can not be completely written off in advance. "Here with Federer. It's wonderful for the tennis, the tennis world".

Despite some spirited resistance, the 11th seed couldn't live with Nadal's new-found intensity and revamped strategy, and the 16-time grand slam champion sealed the victory for the loss of only four games with his fourth match point. I had three surgeries on my left wrist.

It marks the world No. 6's first French Open semifinal since 2009. "And I have been trying and trying every day to fix my problem in my wrist", Del Potro said.

Kerber is a two-time Grand Slam champion. And I have to play aggressively.

"I need to keep up my good level and watch the semi-finals now".

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

Most of Nadal's opponents in Paris over the years have worn some version of a condemned-man expression when he serves for the win, but Schwartzman refused to capitulate to the seemingly inevitable.

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