Rafael Nadal trails Diego Schwartzman before rain ends play at French Open

Nadal serves during his three-set win

Marterer may have felt he would need a degree of fortune to have any chance of an upset and the early signs were promising as a net cord set up two break points, Nadal double faulting on the first to hand his opponent a 2-0 lead.

The players briefly returned to the court, giving the 32-year-old Spaniard enough time to reel off three straight games, but the rains came again for a second and final time when he was serving for the set.

Nadal came into the match undefeated against the diminutive Argentine from their five previous meetings and was yet to lose a set en route to the last eight stage, while Schwartzman recorded a comeback five-set victory against Kevin Anderson in the fourth round.

World number one Nadal, who made 14 unforced errors and struck just four winners in the opener, has only lost two French Open matches in his career.

The second set was a procession for Nadal, before the German put up a good fight in the third, forcing a tiebreaker.

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Play continued though, with the set following a similar pattern to the first, as Nadal broke back before dropping his serve to 15.

They will return on Thursday morning.

Muguruza condemned Sharapova to her heaviest Grand Slam defeat in more than six years and will face top seed Simona Halep for a place in the final against either Sloane Stephens or Madison Keys.

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

When play was abandoned under storm clouds about the time most Parisians head for their evening meal, Nadal had repaired much of the damage inflicted on him in the first set, which Schwartzman won 6-4 in and hour-and-a-quarter. As the game was stopped for two minutes, Schwartzman walked back to his mark, amidst a huge cheer from the crowd, and took a set off the King.

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