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By Chris Oddo | Wednesday June 6, 2018

 
Nadal

Rafael Nadal finally dropped a set in Paris and then the rains came, sending the Spaniard and Diego Schwartzman to an early shower.

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Rafael Nadal had his run of 37 consecutive sets won stopped by Diego Schwartzman on Wednesday in Paris—then rain stopped them both.

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The Spaniard had a difficult time with the 5’8” Argentine and temporarily fell behind by a set and a break before rallying after a rain delay to take three straight games.

Play was stopped for good on Wednesday with Nadal serving at 4-6, 5-3, 30-15 against Schwartzman.

Nadal was bossed around by Schwartzman in an opening set that saw Nadal commit 14 unforced errors against just four winners. Schwartzman, taking on plenty of risk on the forehand side, was rewarded. He hit 20 winners and 20 unforced

Nadal's run of consecutive sets at Roland Garros dates back to 2016. He ended just four shy of Bjorn Borg's all-time record of 41, which was set from 1979-81.


Nadal struggled to hit the mark in the damp conditions and after the first set he gave the public a scare when he saw a trainer and had both wrists taped. It turns out the tape was above the wrist, and the Spaniard apparently needed the tape to keep perspiration from dripping down his arms and onto his racquet hand.

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Nadal was passionate after a first rain delay, and started to make sweeter contact with the ball.

Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic were pulled off court for good at 5-5 in the first set tiebreaker.

Both matches will resume at 12PM Paris time on Thursday.

 

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