Tearful Del Potro beats Cilic, faces Nadal in French Open semis

Heather Diaz
June 8, 2018

The first two, in 2014 and 2015, did not work, and he questioned whether the pain, physical and emotional, was worth it.

It took Nadal just two quickfire points to wrap up the set and leave the two players with effectively a best-of-three set match to play on Thursday.

In the other remaining quarterfinal, which will continue Thursday at Court Suzanne Lenglen, No. 3 Marin Cilic and No. 5 Juan Martin del Potro were at 5-all in a first-set tiebreaker when the play-ending shower came. Additionally, emotion and momentum has to be on the side of Del Potro, who is thrilled to be at this stage, while Nadal faces all the pressure of expectations.

"I don't give much attention to those studies". But I'm still trying to find the right person.

"But then I got lucky to win the first set, playing two good points". He will face Rafael Nadal in the semi-final.

Gustavo Kuerten clinched the first of his three French Open crowns as a little-known 66th-ranked Brazilian in 1997.

Her opponent will be American Sloane Stephens, who defeated compatriot Madison Keys 6-4, 6-4 to qualify for her second career Grand Slam final. He's come a long, long way. His mental strength has been remarkable, but now it seems he is physically close to 100 percent again, he is looking only to the future. 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.

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"It was a very hard match, Diego is a good friend and a good player", said the 16-time Grand Slam champion.

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

Two years ago, Del Potro had nearly considered giving up on tennis when he was sidelined after wrist surgeries and had fallen out of the top-1000 in the ATP rankings.

Similarly, del Potro too had to wait till day 12 of the French Open to vanquish Marin Cilic in four. Now he will have to go through Nadal.

Del Potro has looked one of the biggest threats to Nadal's domination this year, with his pulverizing forehand dismantling everyone in his path on the Parisian clay.

The 29-year-old missed the event for four straight years before a third-round loss in 2017, but has regained fitness in recent months and reached the semi-finals at the US Open last year, where he lost to Nadal. However, I said that I'd be shocked if Cecchinato defeated Djokovic, and he managed that feat, so the Italian clay-courter can not be completely written off in advance. 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. "It's awesome for the tennis world".

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