PHOTOS: Rafael Nadal stopped by rain against Diego Schwartzman at French Open

(AFP) – Rafael Nadal was locked in a French Open quarter-final tussle with Argentinian Diego Schwartzman when rain ended play on Wednesday.

Our champ lost his first set at Roland Garros in three years, and when bad weather first interrupted the match the 10-time champion was in serious trouble with Schwartzman up a break in the second.

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.

The match will resume on Thursday with Schwartzman leading 6-4, 3-5 (15-30).

Also, it seems like Rafaโ€™s decision to have his wrists taped between the first and second sets was not because of any injury, but instead to stop his sweat dripping on to the handle of his racket.

Source: AFP

33 comments

  1. Rafa has now, miraculously (thank god for the rain) taken a 2-1 set lead. If there is one thing clear, it’s that Rafa needs to play offensive tennis to win RG. This is how he won last year, not doing that is why he lost in 2015 and that’s how he played before the rain yesterday. He has to go all out, if he wants to stand a chance against Cilic, Delpo or Thiem, that’s crucial!

  2. Stay focused Rafa. Don’t allow Diego to dig his heels in like he did with Anderson. The danger is not over.

  3. YES! Rafa is playing quicker and with more intensity. Looks like normal service is resumed. Keep your up the pressure Rafa!

  4. Rafa is now playing like Rafa. Great to see! Keep it going champ. Break him and break him and break him!

  5. Rafa, don’t go out there today to joke around. Step up in full business mode and crush Diego Schwartzman!

    First things first, serve out the second set with no drama please. And that should lead to a three set match.

    And in that match Rafa sweetheart, you have something to prove. Assert your unrivaled dominance on this surface! None of the other contenders should be getting any bright ideas.

    Good luck champ! And don’t take more than 2 hours, I have a flight to catch:)

  6. Thank god the tape was not there because of some injury. It was a big wakeup call for Rafa to realize that he needs to improve his level a bit more to win the tournament. Diego came with a plan n was dictating every point especially in the first set ( Rafa gifted him some points too ). After the rain break Rafa came with a more aggressive approach as champions do and now is on the brink of levelling the match. I think Rafa should win this in 4 now but the 2nd rain break has given Diego some time as well to regroup. Let’s see what happens today. Come on Rafa
    Vamos

  7. My dear young Rafa I know you can do better than last night – something was wrong with your health? Diego is good, but you are miles ahead. I prayed for you n will continue to do so tonight. You are the King of Clay n no one can take that away from you 10๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†๐Ÿ†. God bless you. Vamos Rafa. Your Aussie Abuela Nan Shirley. ๐Ÿ‚๐Ÿ‘‘๐Ÿ†

  8. Rafa all the best for the rest of your match against Deigo today,

    Love and prayers,

    AlaineXXSydneyXXAustraliaXX

  9. I was very suprised that Rafa had do much trouble holding his serve against Diego in the first set and befire thr rain delay in tye 2nd set . I think that Rafa should try to serve bigger and stay on the attack to keep Diego from dictating play from the baseline . I think Rafa will step up and take this match and likeky in 4sets . Schwartzman gets kudos for outstanding play and taking it to Rafa .

  10. I was very suprised that Rafa had do much trouble holding his serve against Diego . I think that Rafa should try to serve bigger and stay on the attack to keep Diego from dictating play from the baseline . I think Rafa will step up and take this match and likeky in 4sets . Schwartzman gets kudos for outstanding play and taking it to Rafa . But he will fall short .

  11. Rafa now you know to tape your wrists tomorrow to prevent sweat running down your arms and making your grip on the racket slippery. Concentrate on each point and play to his Weakness he must have one or two. you can win the second set and go on to win the next one as well . Good Luck and Vamos
    love ya man
    kathie

  12. Wow, I can’t believe mgmt allows the players to continue playing in the rain. Isn’t it dangerous for them?. Doesn’t it cake up the clay whereas you can trip and the balls retain the water and don’t move through the courts. Just soggy balls and dangerous footing. Now that’s a recipe for disaster. I am just glad they suspended all the matches until tomorrow. I know Rafa will come out swinging. I was concerned Rafa, Diego, Marin or Juan would get hurt. Fresh start tomorrow.
    A new day and a new match. Vamos, Rafa.

  13. I didn’t see the match, just following the score and reading comments here, but assumed Rafa had his wrists taped as a precautionary measure while having to hit wet tennis balls?

    Stay strong Rafa and keep fighting! One point at a time, one game at a time, one set at a time… Vamos!!

    • The Press said it was to help absorb the sweat too which was affecting his grip. He did looked much better after the rain delay. Rafa may also have had an upset stomach. Ketโ€™s hope tomorrow is Rafa weather.

  14. Rafa this rain is good for you will be able to come back and win this match.rest.the best clay player,good luck Rafa.vamossssssssssssssssss all the way.๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพ๐ŸŽพโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ๐Ÿ†

  15. A scary day for Rafans, but we still believe in our hero. We know the weather conditions were not beneficial to Rafaโ€™s style of play. The Tennis Channel said Rafaโ€™s wrists were taped to help absorb the sweat. Sweat was running down his arm and affecting his grip. I hope that is true. Rafa may have had an upset stomach too. Obviously, Rafa will try his best. The weather tomorrow should be sunny and warm.

  16. Rafa stop feeling inferior to that Schwartzman. Remember he is only number 12 while you are number 1. Be aggressif and wipe him off the court and go ahead to RG 11 GS 17

    Wamos Rafa, you are the best.

  17. Rafa se k vas a remontar pero con mas winners…a veces jugar con tiros mas directos con mas empuje y menos efectos…esta es mi opinion pero claro tu eres el maestro y yo una parvularia..tu y tu equipo sabreis l k teneis k hacer…suerte remonta k a has estado otras veces peor y lo has hecho….siempre contigo Rafa no t vengas abajo siempre adelante…

  18. The first rain saved Rafa. Hopefully his wrist is ok. All the best for tomorrow. Vamos Rafa <3

  19. Rafa I believe you will be able to come back and win this match! Rest and relax and focus on your game…you can do it Vamos ๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช๐Ÿ’ช we support you all the
    way.๐Ÿ€๐ŸŽพ๐Ÿ€๐ŸŽพ๐Ÿ€๐ŸŽพ

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