French Open weather forecast: Will Rafael Nadal’s semi-final be interrupted?

French Open weather forecast: Will Rafael Nadal’s semi-final be interrupted?

The 10-time champion lost the first set 6-4 to the impressive Argentine Wednesday, but returned under sunny skies Thursday to win the next three sets 6-3 6-2 6-2 to reach the French Open semifinals.

The Italian won his first ATP World Tour title at the Hungarian Open as a lucky loser and will need some more luck to go his way on Friday to pull off another upset. It wasn't a good night because I was thinking too much, where could I serve, "T" or wide?

Despite some spirited resistance, the 11th seed couldn't live with Nadal's new-found intensity and the 16-time grand slam champion sealed the victory for the loss of only four games with his fourth match point.

By Thursday normal service had resumed, the Spaniard reeling off the two points he needed to level the match, and then polishing off two more sets to crush this particular French revolution and secure his place in the semi-finals.

Someone in the stands cried out during his serve, disrupting his focus as he double faulted and handed Cilic a critical break for 5-4 in the second set.

The world No 1 re-emerged yesterday fresher and fitter and he lost just four games in the last two sets, prevailing 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.

Croatian Cilic played an bad game when serving for the set but he was gifted another chance to serve for the set after breaking del Potro again and at the second time of asking he levelled the match.

"I came here without big expectations, just seeing how my body feels match by match".

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Both men's matches already had been interrupted by rain once. "I've still got a long time left, I can keep playing until I'm 41".

He buckled at 5-5 though and sent a backhand long on break point, leaving Del Potro to serve for the match, which he did easily as Cilic sent three more backhands out. I was close to quit this sport. This really changed totally how I was looking at the match and how my opponent was looking at the match.

Del Potro has won only five of his 14 previous matches against Nadal.

"It was a very hard match, Diego is a good friend and a good player", said the 16-time Grand Slam champion.

"It's tough to speak now", del Potro said.

Sloane Stephens' clash with Madison Keys represented a rematch of the 2017 US Open final, which Stephens won.

In dropping the opener on Wednesday, Nadal had lost a set at Roland Garros for the first time since a 2015 quarter-final defeat by Novak Djokovic. It's the first semifinal between a pair of American women at Roland Garros since Serena Williams beat Jennifer Capriati on her way to the 2002 title. "But I think we always compete well and play good matches".

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