Rafael Nadal drops set, but rain suspends French Open quarterfinal

Timeline of Day 7 How Rafa Serena and Maria enjoyed a super Saturday at Roland Garros

Spaniard Nadal, bidding for an 11th title on the Parisian clay, also trailed by a break in the second set as Schwartzman threatened a huge shock, but after a rain stoppage, Nadal returned to court to move 5-3 ahead in the second set.

On Suzanne-Lenglen, Marin Cilic's last-eight tie with Juan-Martin Del Potro failed to burst into life until the ninth game, when the Croatian saved three break points before eventually holding, and did likewise in his next service game before taking the set to a tiebreak - which was locked at 5-5.

Having gone two sets up on the back of big hitting from the baseline, sixth seed Anderson threw Schwartzman a lifeline in the contest while serving for the match at 5-4.

The gritty Argentine went toe-to-toe with the world No. 1, breaking him three times and booking two set points.

Schwartzman, who had never even reached a Grand Slam quarter-final until last year's US Open, broke first in the second set as Nadal uncharacteristically blew a 40-15 lead, capped by two wild forehands.

They will return on Thursday morning.

Another rain delay sent the players off court and shortly afterwards play was suspended for the day.

Kasatkina will face US Open victor Sloane Stephens for a place in the semifinals.

Rafael Nadal has lost his first set at the French Open since 2015.

Going into the quarterfinal clash at Roland Garros, Nadal had not lost a set at the tournament since his defeat to Novak Djokovic in the 2015 quarterfinals, but Schwartzman took the opening set 6-4.

"I am very pleased to be in another final in Paris", said Muguruza who has yet to drop a set in the tournament and claimed her first win over Sharapova in four meetings.

"But today was certainly not one of those steps".



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