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Rafael Nadal loses shock first set against fired up Diego Schwartzman

Rafael Nadal loses shock first set against fired up Diego Schwartzman

Once Nadal and Schwartzman do take to the court, we should be in for an exhibition of power-hitting from the greatest clay-courter of all time against a player who despite standing at just 5ft 7in packs a mighty punch from the baseline.

After a rain delay midway through the second set, play was finally stopped for the day with Nadal serving for the set at 5-3 30-15.

Nadal had to receive treatment to his wrist at the end of the set with extra strapping applied.

A rain delay before the 11th seed could cement the break would turn the set on its head - and after a half-hour break, Nadal won three games in a row, only interrupted when the poor weather returned with the top seed two points from levelling the match.

The victor of the match will play either third seed Marin Cilic or Schwartzman's compatriot Juan Martin del Potro.

They will return on Thursday morning.

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Breaks were swapped twice in the first set before 25-year-old Schwartzman broke the Nadal serve for a third time to lead 5-4.

Rafael Nadal was locked in an epic battle on Philippe-Chatrier before the rain ended play early on Wednesday night.

The first women's semifinal between top-ranked Simona Halep and third-seeded Garbine Muguruza will start at 3 p.m.as planned.

It was the first set Nadal had lost in his last 38, stretching over three French Open campaigns - meaning Bjorn Borg's record of 41 straight sets won remained intact.

Sharapova, playing at Roland Garros for the first time since 2015, suffered her most one-sided defeat at the Slams since a 6-3, 6-0 loss to Victoria Azarenka in the 2012 Australian Open final.

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