Another rain delay sent the players off court and shortly afterwards play was suspended for the day.
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But Makarova and Vesnina did not play together at the French Open this year after changing their entries, despite being close to securing No. 1 status. It is his best result at Roland Garros since 2009 when he also made the semi-finals losing to Roger Federer in five sets.
Del Potro failed to take any of the six break-point chances that came his way early in the semi-final, letting the 10-time champion off the hook as he struggled on serve. Cilic is serving at love-30 in the 11th game.
The 10-time French Open champion punished Del Potro for missed opportunities as he registered a comprehensive 6-4, 6-1, 6-2 victory. Nadal racked up 18 winners in the fourth set to capture the match, ultimately overpowering Schwartzman. Puerta was to later fail a drugs test and handed an eight-year ban, eventually reduced to two years.
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The 37-set run was Nadal's longest at the French Open.
Although Nadal stormed back against Schwartzman, Schwartzman did dent his flawless record in sets for this tournament.
Top-ranked Simona Halep has rallied past Angelique Kerber 6-7 (2), 6-3, 6-2 to reach the French Open semifinals.
But Thiem went for the kill in the seventh game, leaving an emotional Cecchinato to take the applause of the crowd. "Then I converted the important one". But I get closer to them, just asking who was it?
"For me, the motivation to play here always is high, high as possible". It's just how it's happened for me", Stephens said, "I think once I get going in a tournament, I'm pretty consistent, which is good. All have been on clay, and Nadal leads 6-3, including 2-0 in Paris, beating Thiem in the first round in 2014 and the semifinals a year ago.
Thiem will be keen to emulate Thomas Muster, the only Austrian man to reach, and win, the final at the French Open, back in 1995.
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Halep next faces third-seeded Garbine Muguruza.
He was inconvenienced by a couple of break points as he served for the third set with 11th seed Schwarztman, a 5ft 7in live wire, refusing to go away quietly.
Otherwise, he stayed steady in a 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 win over No. 3 Marin Cilic in a matchup between two past U.S. Open champions.
She needed only 70 minutes to eliminate Sharapova and dominated her with superb returning, breaking the former No. 1 a half-dozen times. But he is also most comfortable positioning himself deep behind the baseline, which allows Nadal more time to get organized and react.
Muguruza raced to a 4-0 lead and never looked back. His last few seasons have been marked by inconsistency and injury, and Diego Schwartzman demonstrated that there are weaknesses to be exploited in Nadal's game. "However, there is no denying that Nadal, on clay at Roland Garros, on Centre Court, in the final, is tennis' greatest challenge". Although it will be a hard task for del Potro, he's enjoying the moment.
Top seed Simona Halep, twice a runner-up, takes on two-time major victor Angelique Kerber. Over the past two years, including best-of-three matches, the Spaniard is 49-2 at clay tournaments.
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