'I'm only human', says Nadal ahead of 11th French Open semi-final

Nadal will face either Croatian third seed Marin Cilic or Juan Martin del Potro, the fifth-seeded Argentine, in the semi-finals.

Del Potro fought back tears during his post-match interview and was loudly cheered by fans at Court Suzanne Lenglen.

"It has been a long time without a good feeling in my body". I have had three surgeries on my left wrist and I was close to quitting.

Del Potro was stretched to four sets against third seed Marin Cilic in the last-eight on Thursday but he has spent nearly the same amount of time on the court as Nadal at Roland Garros so far (13 hours, 10 minutes over 16 sets for Nadal and 12 hours and 59 minutes over 17 sets for Del Potro). "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.

Del Potro's win over Cilic means he'll compete in the Roland-Garros semis for the first time since 2009, and the victory also means he'll make his way back into the ATP's top four as of Monday, per tennis writer Jose Morgado. He went on to win the U.S. Open the same year by defeating Federer in the final.

Del Potro said resuming a match at 5-5 in a tiebreak with his serve to come had been a unusual situation but his aim was true and he moved 6-5 ahead before his cagey backhand slice induced a poor forehand error by Cilic.

Del Potro has won only five of his 14 previous matches against Nadal.

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. "Gave me time for reflection, to calm my nerves and to see how I needed to change things".

Both men's matches already had been interrupted by rain once.

The 37-set run was Nadal's longest at the French Open, where the record of 41 was established by Bjorn Borg from 1978-81.

Nadal is only the third male player in the Open era to reach 11 semifinals at a single Grand Slam, alongside Roger Federer and Jimmy Connors. Del Potro and Cilic alternated games in the fourth set before del Potro broke his opponent in the 11th game and served out the match.

"I played more aggressive".

In the other women's quarterfinal, No. 1 Simona Halep takes on former No. 1 Angelique Kerber in a rematch of their epic Australian Open semifinal in January.

Muguruza has not dropped a set so far in this year's tournament as she seeks a second championship in Paris and third major trophy overall.

We're nearly to the end of the French Open for 2018.

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