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Rafael Nadal in action against Diego Schwartzman

Although he lost the first point of the fourth game, a ideal drop shot got Schwartzman to 15-all, and a backhand victor from followed by a drop shot gave Nadal a second break an 4-1 lead.

The 10-time champion was much-improved under the sunshine on Court Philippe Chatrier after finding life hard the night before, clinching a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory over dogged Argentinian Schwartzman on his fourth match point.

Spanish world number 1, Rafael Nadal fended off a tough challenge from Diego Schwartzman to enter the French Open semifinals. Of course, the rain helped stop the match and helped me think about the match, and that's a reality. Nadal's introduction included a year-by-year accounting of every time he'd already won the French Open.

"I lost three times until now and no one died", Halep said, "so it will be OK".

In the second set, Schwartzman won the fifth game and led 3-2 when play was first halted.

Del Potro is playing in the French Open semifinals for the first time in nine years.

"It was a really close tiebreak and I didn't want that especially after I missed an easy volley at 6/4".

The 16th-seeded Gauff, who is 14 years old, beat 15th-seeded Leylah Annie Fernandez of Canada 6-4, 6-3.

While Nadal's dominance in Paris can never be doubted, this year's inexorable march to the final has illustrated the paucity of genuine challengers, especially in the absence of Andy Murray and Roger Federer, and with Novak Djokovic being some way from his best after injury.

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"After the first set I just stayed strong, I did not give up at all", said Halep.

Rafael Nadal proved too powerful for Juan Martin del Potro in the men's singles semi-final.

Nadal is 49-0 in all other clay-court contests over the past two seasons.

On Sunday, Nadal will face No 7 seed Dominic Thiem, a 24-year-old Austrian who reached his first Grand Slam final by ending the surprising run of 72nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato of Italy 7-5, 7-6 (10), 6-1. Cilic, who like Del Potro stands 1.98m tall, owns a U.S. Open title, has a beast of a serve and always looked like being his first serious test. That ends his streak of 37 consecutive completed sets won in the tournament.

He saved three break points in his first service game but a wayward backhand ensured Nadal took the fourth.

"I was a bit lucky", said Nadal, who is 10-0 in French Open semifinals and 10-0 in finals at the tournament.

Initially, the match took player on Wednesday but a rain delay forced the match to be played today.

But the Austrian believes he is poised to break through, attempting to deflect pressure onto Nadal.

"Today‚ all day‚ on Philippe Chatrier‚ the fans said "Forza‚ Marco"‚ so I think this is the best moment for me‚" said Cecchinato. Stephens would break Keys again to improve her lead to 5-2 before being broken herself the next game and eventually serving out the match in the 10th game.

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