Rafael Nadal Makes Ball Boy's Day At Roland Garros

Nadal serves during his three-set win

"If he hits a forehand like really heavy, it's of course something different compared to any other opponent you have during the year", the 22-year-old, who once practised with Nadal, told reporters.

Nadal, however, maintained composure in the decisive moments of the match to seal victory on his second match point as Marterer's backhand went long.

A rain delay before the 11th seed could cement the break would turn the set on its head - and after a half-hour break, Nadal won three games in a row, only interrupted when the poor weather returned with the top seed two points from levelling the match. Nadal obliged the kid and well, safe to say, made the boy's dream come true.

"I'm expecting another five-set match, " Zverev said. I stopped a little bit the legs in terms of playing aggressive.

Nadal and Schwartzman will resume a gripping last-eight match at 11:00 BST on Thursday. "Today was an important test".


Del Potro, Cilic's next opponent, had a more straightforward 6-4, 6-4, 6-4 win against big-serving John Isner, who served 12 aces but fell short of becoming the first American man to reach the quarterfinals since Andre Agassi in 2003, despite hopeful chants of "U-S-A!, U-S-A!" from the crowd.

"I just worry about try to be at 100 per cent for the next day that I have to play".

Argentinian Schwartzman pulled off a stunning fightback against Kevin Anderson.

Schwartzman, having snapped Nadal's astonishing streak of 37 straight sets won on clay, will now have a huge battle to remain ahead of the 10-times champion at Roland Garros.

The five-time Grand Slam champion, in her first Roland Garros since 2015, was 3-0 down in the final set of her first round clash against Dutch qualifier Richel Hogenkamp but has been impressive since, knocking out sixth seed Karolina Pliskova in the third round.

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