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

Spain's Nadal will next play another Argentine Juan Martin del Potro after the former US Open champion beat Marin Cilic 7-6 5-7 6-3 7-5.

Play resumed on a sunny Court Suzanne Lenglen with the towering fifth and third seeds locked at 5-5 in the first set tiebreak after rain had curtailed their high-octane clash on Wednesday.

"I am a human person", the Spaniard, who next faces Argentine Juan Martin del Potro, told reporters following his 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory.

"It has been a long time without a good feeling in my body". For good. He had four wrist surgeries - three to his left and one to his right. "I was close to (quitting)".

His face was creased with worry as he trailed a pumped-up rival, but Rafael Nadal re-emerged after an overnight rain delay to blow away Diego Schwartzman at Roland Garros. "I felt that I was playing a little bit under more stress than usual, and he was able to take control of the point too many times", Nadal said about the match's start.

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.

The fourth set went hurriedly with serve until 5-5, when from out of nowhere Del Potro fashioned three break points.

When Cilic's final forehand flew wide, del Potro stood legs wide apart, arms aloft, soaking in the crowd that appreciated the effort not just of the match, but of the resolve.

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More important than that, of course, is the match's ultimate outcome, and a significant moment came with Schwartzman serving while up 3-2 in the second after the initial delay. "It was like a new match after the first set".

The second set, like the first, was dominated by serve until Cilic fired himself up to break at 4-4 - a furious Del Potro throwing his racket at the changeover.

The 37-set run was Nadal's longest at the French Open.

"I played more aggressive", Nadal said, adding: "In my opinion, the match changed, no?"

"I'm going to try and come out with my best tennis, to hit all my best shots and, even then, it's going to be hard", he added. "Was a match that maybe is a key match", the 16-times Grand Slam champion said.

Two women who have won the title at Roland Garros, Maria Sharapova and Garbine Muguruza, play each other in the quarterfinals. "We'll see what can I do against the king of clay".

The Austrian, who has been a constant in the top-10 over the last two years, is one of the most talented players of his generation but hasn't yet had a big breakthrough at the Grand Slams.

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