Nadal shows champion qualities to bounce back and book semi final place

Rafael Nadal's French Open set streak ends in quarterfinals

Rafael Nadal comes from behind to defeat Diego Schwartzman and reach French Open semi-final

He hastily yanked off his sweat-soaked shirt, replaced it with a fresh one, raked his hands through his hair, settled a ball cap on his head and strode purposefully into the interview room.

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Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro said that he will have "nothing to lose" in his French Open semi-final clash with Rafael Nadal on Friday, after not even knowing whether he would play in the days before the tournament.

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In lighter, brighter conditions, Nadal's best then came out. He called the encounter, which ended his streak of 37 consecutive sets won here, "uncomfortable".

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"I made his life complicated", said 25-year-old Schwartzman, who will move up a notch to a career-high No. 11 in the ATP rankings next week.

Less than 24 hours after he had peppered Nadal with rasping forehands, the underdog was off the pace and fell a double-break down at 4-1 following an exquisite drop shot from his opponent.

And it took all of Schwartzman's fearless attitude to stay engaged once Nadal regained his traction.

He buckled at 5-5 and sent a backhand long on break point, leaving del Potro to serve for the match, which he did easily as Cilic sent three more backhands out.

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Croatian Cilic played an very bad game when serving for the set but he was gifted another chance to serve for the set after breaking del Potro again and at the second time of asking he levelled the match.

After dropping the opening set of his first round match he won the next 12.

"I need to keep up my good level and watch the semi-finals now".

"And when I was able to change that, I was able to win the game and the match".

That has not necessarily become easier with age.

Nadal was broken five of the first eight times he served.

"I'll come here tomorrow, have a hit, have lunch here, go to my room, watch TV, wait till dinner, have dinner, go to sleep".

There is no doubt, too, that the goodwill from the fans he encounters week in week out has helped him get back to a good place.

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