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Tearful Juan Martin Del Potro beats Marin Cilic, faces Rafael Nadal in French Open semi

The injured-plagued former US Open champion Juan Martin del Potro battled through in three hours and 50 minutes against Marin Cilic after the match had been delayed by rain on Wednesday.

tennis Updated: Jun 07, 2018 23:52 IST
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse
Agence France-Presse, Paris
Juan Martin del Potro,Marin Cilic,Rafael Nadal
Argentina's Juan Martin del Potro celebrates after victory over Croatia's Marin Cilic at the end of their men's singles quarter-final match at French Open. (AFP)

Argentina’s Juan Martin del Potro wept courtside after downing third seed Marin Cilic 7-6 (7/5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5 on Thursday to set up a French Open semi-final clash with Rafael Nadal.

The injured-plagued former US Open champion battled through in three hours and 50 minutes after the match had been delayed by rain on Wednesday to reach the last four at Roland Garros for the second time, but first in nine years.

“It’s tough to speak now,” said an emotional Del Potro.

“I’ve been a long time without feeling good with my body. I had surgery three times on my wrist and I was close to quitting this sport. I don’t have words to explain what this means to me and my team.”

The fifth seed has now beaten Cilic eight times in a row, but on Friday he will face arguably the toughest test in tennis when he takes on 10-time champion Nadal for a place in the final.

First Published: Jun 07, 2018 18:39 IST