Published: Thu, June 07, 2018
Sports | By Ivan Ross

Rafael Nadal beats Maximilian Marterer to ease into French Open quarter-finals

Rafael Nadal beats Maximilian Marterer to ease into French Open quarter-finals

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In the other men's quarter-final, Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic were locked at 5-5 in a first-set tiebreaker.

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.

Nadal patted Marterer sympathetically on the chest at the net after winning on his second match point.

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At one point Nadal, the reigning champion and 10 times victor, found himself a set and a break down to the diminutive Argentinian Schwartzman.

Next up for the Spaniard is a last-eight meeting with Diego Schwartzman, who came from two sets down to see off Kevin Anderson, runner-up to Nadal in last year's US Open final.

Nadal, who lost only two points in the first five games, will next play Germany's world number 70 Maximilian Marterer.

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The players were forced off the court for 40 minutes, but when they returned Nadal levelled for 3-3 and let out a trademark roar of "vamos".

Nadal then fought back to lead the second set 5-3, before heavy rain brought a halt to the last-eight encounter on Court Philippe Chatrier. It will be followed by the all-American matchup between Madison Keys and Sloane Stephens.

The match had already been stopped for an hour on Wednesday, with Nadal trailing 6-4 2-1, before play resumed at 17:28 BST.

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.

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