Diego Schwartzman stops game on set point to get ailing spectator help

07 June, 2018, 15:26 | Author: Judy Cobb
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Marin Cilic and Juan Martin del Potro were locked at 5-5 in a first-set tie-break when their quarter-final was suspended.

Four years after a 20-year-old Garbine Muguruza let her mind run off with a win before her body had accomplished it, and lost a quarterfinal to Maria Sharapova by 1-6, 7-5, 6-1, Muguruza brought a 24-year-old mind to another quarter-final and blasted Sharapova to smithereens by 6-2, 6-1, in 70 deeply serious minutes.

Whoever reaches the final from that side of the draw will face either Austrian seventh seed Dominic Thiem or unseeded Italian Marco Cecchinato in Sunday's final.

It was a grueling baseline battle right from the start, with no less than 14 break points in the opening set that lasted for well over an hour.

A hold and a break later he was serving to level the match, but at 5-3 and 30-15 the heavens opened again and they were forced off once more, this time for good.

Schwartzman is a rare sight in the modern men's game, standing at just 5ft 7in, but his stature has not prevented him rising to a career-high 12th in the world rankings this year.

On Thursday, it was rarely used as effectively.

That game had a 40-15 lead for Schwartzman, a brilliant Nadal drop volley that rubbed out the second set point, a Nadal break point, a lovely duo of Schwartzman overheads for a third set point and, just then, after a first-serve fault, a spectator in the 15th row apparently fainting.

An easy smash into the net midway through the fourth set characterised his problems, a total of 25 unforced errors compared to eight winners in the final two sets underlining the pressure being put on by Nadal.

Play will resume on Thursday, with both matches finely poised.

He went on to break Nadal two more times in the second set before the match had to be stopped due to rain.

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