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French Open 2018: Play cancelled at Roland Garros on Day 11 due to rain

Play called off early at Roland Garros, on Day 11, due to rain. Men's singles matches will resume on Thursday. 

By: Sports Desk | Paris |
Updated: June 7, 2018 12:37:30 am
french open live French Open 2018 Quarter-Finals: Rafa Nadal taking on Diego Schwartzman. (Source: Reuters)

French Open 2018 Roland Garros Quarter-Finals: Play had to be called off early at Roland Garros on Day 11 due to rain. When play was called off, Rafa Nadal was to serve for the second set at 5-3, 30-15 against Diego Schwartzman having lost the opening set. In the other men’s singles quarterfinal, Marin Cilic and Juan Martin Del Potro were 5-5 in the first set tiebreak. Their matches will now finish on Thursday which will be followed by the women’s singles semifinals. Earlier in the day, Garbine Muguruza destroyed Maria Sharapova in straight sets while in the other last-eight encounter, Simona Halep brushed aside early blip to beat Angelique Kerber in three sets.

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French Open 2018 Quarter-Finals Highlights

23:03 (IST)06 Jun 2018
PLAY SUSPENDED!

Play suspended at Roland Garros due to rain. Nadal vs Schwartzman and Cilic vs Del Potro precariously placed. To continue on Thursday. Official word: "We regret to announce that, due to adverse weather conditions, the matches in progress have stopped and play will not resume today at Roland-Garros."

22:47 (IST)06 Jun 2018
ROOF TALK!

Australian Open: Roof since 1988 with three main courts covered

Wimbledon: Roof installed in 2009 on Centre Court and another roof to come in 2019

US Open: Got its roof in 2016 and two more in 2018

Roland Garros: NO ROOF.

22:43 (IST)06 Jun 2018
Women's doubles

In the women's doubles contest, Hlavackova/Strycova have reeled off four games in a row to win 6-3, 6-1 vs Arruabarrena/Srebotnik

22:35 (IST)06 Jun 2018
Further delay

Official word: "The rain has returned, and play has been suspended. There will be no play before 7:15pm local time. Please stay tuned for further weather updates." No play till 10.45 PM IST or another 10 minutes or so. 

22:18 (IST)06 Jun 2018
Cilic - Del Potro

Play has been suspended on the other court as well and at a pivotal juncture too. Inside the tiebreak in the first set and 5-5 before the rain interrupted proceedings 

22:16 (IST)06 Jun 2018
Nadal wins the second set

As umbrellas come back out, Nadal tries to serve out the second set before a possible play suspension. Schwartzman's errors continue to pile and at 5-3, Rafa goes 30-0 up. Schwartzman pulls Nadal out of the equation with a backhand right into the side of the court and finds the open court with a backhand winner. And we won't be able to finish things off. Rain gets touch too heavy and play has been suspended once again. Nadal up 5-3 and 30-15 in the second set 

22:07 (IST)06 Jun 2018
VAMOOOOOOOOOOOOOOS!!

Rafa trying his best to get the crowd engaged and into the contest after the rain delay. Roars 'vamos' repeatedly as Schwartzman sends his backhand long. 3-3 in the second set

21:55 (IST)06 Jun 2018
Play to resume soon

Covers have come off and players are now warming up once again. 

21:48 (IST)06 Jun 2018
Doubles results

Results from the doubles action:

Herbert/Mahut beat Gonzalez/Jarry 6-4, 7-6 (8)

Hozumi/Ninomiya beat Babos/Mladenovic 7-6, 6-3

Hlavackova/Strycova 6-3, 2-1 (interrupted) vs Arruabarrena/Srebotnik

Chan/Dodig beat Groenefeld/Farah 4-6, 7-5, 10-8

21:35 (IST)06 Jun 2018
OH NO!

Information from the officials: "Play has been suspended due to rain. There will be no play before 6:15pm local time. Please stay tuned for further weather updates." That is 9.45 PM IST. Another 12 minutes from now

21:25 (IST)06 Jun 2018
Been a poor day with the serve for Nadal
21:14 (IST)06 Jun 2018
CIlic - Del Potro

Play has been suspended on the other court as well. Cilic and Del Potro are locked at 5-5 in the opening set. Cilic was pushed in the ninth game but held on to sweep aside three break point chances created by Del Potro. 

21:06 (IST)06 Jun 2018
Schwartzman breaks!

Three consecutive breaks of serve exchanged. Nadal's error count continues to increase and Argentine is getting the better of the situation. Meanwhile, droplets continue to pour. Been that way for the past few games. Players going off now

20:59 (IST)06 Jun 2018
BREAKS EXCHANGED!

Much like the first set, Nadal is broken early by Schwartzman before Nadal roared back immediately to cut out that advantage. 2-2 now in the second set

20:35 (IST)06 Jun 2018
STREAK BROKEN

NADAL HAS DROPPED A SET! After 37 consecutive sets won at Roland Garros, Nadal drops opening set 4-6 against Diego Schwartzman. His last set dropped was on June 3, 2015 vs Novak Djokovic

20:31 (IST)06 Jun 2018
Schawartzman wins opening set

Schwartzman serving for the first set. A gorgeous deft touch at the net and the volley winner makes it 30-0. Short reply from Rafa but Diego sends his backhand into the net. Can't help but notice how confident Schwartzman is and not allowing Nadal to dictate play. Pushes Nadal on the backhand side and brings out an error and two set points. One saved as Schwartzman sends the forehand long. 40-30. BRAVO! Nadal with a sublime drop shot from the baseline and Schwartzman gives up immediately. Two set points saved. Deuce. Schwartzman sends his forehand well wide and Nadal now has an opportunity to break. Nadal goes for a touch too much on his backhand reply and it sails long. Back to deuce. Nadal doing all the running but Schwartzman stays strong and bold to put away a smash from the middle of the court. There's a stoppage in play. Not sure why. Schwartzman getting the officials' attention. Looks like someone in the crowd has collapsed. Not the hottest day in Paris - it is 24 degrees. Both players asked to take seat during the holdup. After some delay, Schwartzman is back o try and serve it out. Schwartzman grazes the line with a booming forehand winner to take the opening set 6-4! 

20:20 (IST)06 Jun 2018
Cilic vs Del Potro

Over on Court Suzanne-Lenglen, Cilic and Del Potro have taken court. Del Potro leads their head-to-head 10-2 (!!) and it is 1-1 in the opening set at the moment

20:19 (IST)06 Jun 2018
Schwartzman breaks

Nadal tries for a sidespin forehand but mishits and it goes long. Brings up yet another break point for Schwartzman - ninth for the Argentine so far. Short reply from Nadal and Schwartzman rides into the forehand winner. BREAK!

20:11 (IST)06 Jun 2018
Nadal breaks

Hang on a moment. Schwartzman sends his backhand into the net and Nadal, like earlier, has broken right back. 4-4 now in the first set

20:08 (IST)06 Jun 2018
Schwartzman breaks!

Action packed stuff on Philippe-Chatrier where Schwartzman has broken Nadal for a second time in the match and he now leads 4-3. Is Rafa on the verge of losing the first set at Roland Garros since 2015? Heading into the contest, Nadal had won 37 completed sets in a row at the French Open with the last set dropped coming against Jack Sock on May 24, 2015. 

Novak Djokovic, Novak Djokovic French open, French Open 2018, Marco Cecchinato, sports news, tennis, Indian Express Novak Djokovic served for the fourth set at 5-3 but got broken. He then held three set points in the tiebreaker but couldn't convert any. (Source: Reuters)

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