Schwartzman takes set off Nadal before rain arrives

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Rafael Nadal will return on Thursday after rain stopped play on day 11; Getty Images
Rafael Nadal’s run of 37 straight sets at Roland Garros ends as Diego Schwartzman takes the lead before rain delays their quarterfinal.

Rafael Nadal was fighting back against an inspired Diego Schwartzman when rain brought an end to the day’s play at the French Open on Wednesday.

The Argentine 11th seed moved 6-4 3-2 up with a break of serve on Court Philippe-Chatrier, ending 10-time champion Nadal’s run of 37 straight sets at Roland Garros.

With Nadal requiring a medical timeout to have his wrists strapped, a major shock appeared possible, but the Spaniard was able to claw his way back into a 5-3 lead either side of a first rain delay, before a second downpour ended the action on day 11.

The world No.1 will resume two points from levelling the match at 5-3, 30-15, on serve when the action gets under way again on Thursday.

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On Court Suzanne Lenglen, third seed Marin Cilic and fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro were locked at 5-5 in the first-set tiebreak when play ended.

Cilci had fended off six break points to give himself an opportunity of taking the set in the tiebreak.

 

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