Nadal completes fightback to reach 11th French Open semi-final

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

Another Schwartzman unforced error gave Nadal an early break in the fourth and the former missed a simple overhead volley at the net that would have given him two break points. "[Del Potro plays an] aggressive game from the end of the court, the baseline".

In a bit of unplanned irony, play began Thursday shortly after Sweden's Robin Soderling - who profited from a combination of heavy weather and self-conviction in 2009 to hand Nadal his first-ever defeat at Roland Garros - responded to numerous inquiries by holding a rare press conference himself.

Interestingly, the match stats suggest there wasn't much between Del Potro and Cilic, with Del Potro only having two more break point chances than the Croat, and the 54% points won percentage is not particularly impressive for a 3-1 success.

"And when I was able to change that, I was able to win the game and the match".

Halep converted her first match point when Muguruza sent a final backhand long.

Future opponents of Nadal at Roland Garros this year will need the same luck and sustained brilliance to trouble the champion in the semis and a potential final.

Stephens and Halep will face each other in the final in Paris on Saturday.

Day 13 at the French Open action is men's singles semi-finals day, and with three big names and one rather unlikely contender taking to the courts, Dan Weston previews the matches.

Tobacco and Heart Disease
Adriana Blanco, Unit Chief of Risk Factors and Nutrition for the Department of Noncommunicable Diseases and Mental Health at PAHO. At current rates tobacco could account for more up to a billion deaths in the 21st century, the World Health Organization says.

Nadal is only the third male player in the Open era to reach 11 semifinals at a single Grand Slam, alongside Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors.

- Sloane Stephens won't be doing anything over the top before attempting to win a second Grand Slam title.

Dabrowski, a 26-year-old from Ottawa, and Pavic dropped the first set against Taiwan's Latisha Chan and Croatia's Ivan Dodig 6-1 but came back to win the second 7-6 (5). The Spaniard won the French Open in 2016 and Wimbledon previous year.

"I think for me it's time to move on to make a great step, because I'm turning 25 (in September)".

Top players normally take more of a breather before they come in to analyze the proceedings, but the world No. 1 was in a hurry to do his duty and flee the grounds.

On the women's side, top-ranked Simona Halep will have another shot in the French Open final.

The Spaniard had won a record 37 consecutive sets before Diego Schwartzman pushed him hard in the quarter-finals on Thursday, and the world number one is expected to lift an 11th Roland Garros title. Nadal quickly finished off the second set and then broke immediately at the start of the third - winning twelve of the first thirteen points that were played today. "But all my semi-finals in Grand Slams were against them". Sharapova was the French Open champion in 2012 and 2014; Muguruza took the trophy in 2016.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Melania reappears after 25 days out of public view
Jun 08, 2018 - 17:37
Her absence launched a wave of guesses in the mainstream and social media, where all sorts of theories were suggested. During her recovery from surgery they reported everything from near death, to facelift, to left the W.H.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top The Primaries Were Important Last Night - Here Are The Key Takeaways
Jun 08, 2018 - 17:18
Ivey, who stepped into the governor post after the resignation of Robert Bentley a year ago , will seek a full term in November. It was a big night for women, including a Democratic former Navy pilot running for a House seat in New Jersey .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Expect disagreements over tariffs at G7 summit - Canada official
Jun 08, 2018 - 17:14
The reading significantly undershot a Reuters poll of analysts, who had predicted a 0.8 per cent rise. The EU trade surplus with the U.S.is $151 Billion, and Canada keeps our farmers and others out.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top United Boss Jose Mourinho Predicts Every World Cup Group Winner
Jun 07, 2018 - 17:29
Midfielder Fred also got his black barnet newly coiffured and shaped, with a special gel added that made his spiky curls glitter. Fred, who is part of Brazil's World Cup squad, is set to become United chief coach Jose Mourinho's first signing of the summer.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Apple's Safari vows to stop Facebook from invading user privacy
Jun 07, 2018 - 17:18
When people visit sites, the characteristics of their device can be used by advertisers to create a "fingerprint" to track them. Users will now be able to get a few summary of the time they spend on the phone and how long they are on certain apps.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top JARED LETO's JOKER Breaking Out Into His Own Movie
Jun 07, 2018 - 16:58
Warner Bros. seems to have a profound misunderstanding of what many viewers want, as evidenced by films like Batman v. After the movie came out, Leto spoke extensively about how many of his Joker scenes were cut from the film .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Roseanne Barr says she 'begged' ABC to save her show
Jun 07, 2018 - 16:47
Tom Werner, executive producer of the original " Roseanne " and its update, agreed with ABC's cancellation . He scoffed & said: 'what u have done is egregious, and unforgivable.' I begged 4 my crews jobs.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top SpaceX Falcon 9 rocket carries satellite into orbit
Jun 05, 2018 - 04:14
SpaceX won't land the booster again, as the company is trying to phase out the Block 4 rockets for the new Block 5 configuration. Weather officials said this is from a weak surface front that will be bring west-southwest winds during the launch window.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top U.S. may step up South China Sea patrols
Jun 05, 2018 - 04:04
China claims its actions in the South China Sea are entirely peaceful and meant to protect its citizens and trading interests. At least five French warships sailed through the South China Sea previous year , according to the French defence minister.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top WaPo: US determining who will pay for Kim's hotel room
Jun 05, 2018 - 03:14
While the reporters said yes to the question they also discovered for the umpteenth time how much Trump lies. The president and the North Korean delegates then posed for group photographs.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rumor: Microsoft May Be Acquiring GitHub
Jun 05, 2018 - 00:52
Microsoft is the top contributor to the site, and has more than 1,000 employees actively pushing code to repositories on GitHub . Nadella called attention to the company's flipped perspective on open-source software on the Monday conference call.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Microsoft rises after confirming its $7.5 billion buyout of GitHub (MSFT)
Jun 05, 2018 - 00:46
Many expect Microsoft to integrate GitHub into its Azure cloud service, which already hosts the code for many software products. Microsoft said the GitHub acquisition is expected to have a negative impact on 2019 earnings but positive beginning in 2020.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Boston Celtics’ Gordon Hayward will be back in time for training camp
Jun 03, 2018 - 06:26
And during an appearance on WEEI's "Dale & Keefe" on Friday, Ainge pointedly reiterated the importance of both Hayward and Irving. But his absence on the Boston bench was noted when the Celtics played his former team, the Cleveland Cavaliers .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top US singled out by G7 allies over steel and aluminum tariffs
Jun 03, 2018 - 05:22
All six of the other G7 countries are now paying the tariffs, which are largely aimed at curbing excess production in China. The world's two biggest economies have threatened to impose tariffs on up to $200 billion worth of each other's products.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Why was Kim Jong Un’s letter for Donald Trump so big?
Jun 03, 2018 - 02:54
An advance team, led by deputy chief of staff Joe Hagin, has held meetings with the North Korean team in Singapore this week.