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PARIS (AP) — Juan Martín del Potro is back in the French Open semifinals for the first time since 2009 and will next face Rafael Nadal, the man with the most appearances at this stage of the clay-court Grand Slam.
The fifth-seeded del Potro, whose career has been hampered by injuries, beat third-seeded Marin Cilic, 7-6 (5), 5-7, 6-3, 7-5, on Thursday. Nadal, a 10-time champion, completed a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 win over Diego Schwartzman. Both matches had been stopped by rain on Wednesday.
With his good run at Roland Garros, del Potro is now guaranteed to return to the top four in the rankings for the first time in more than four years.
Del Potro fought back tears during his postmatch interview and was loudly cheered by fans at Court Suzanne Lenglen.
Juan Martin Del Potro conserve la main mise dans ses affrontements sur terre battue contre Marin Cilic.
Victoire en 4 sets 7-6 5-7 6-3 7-5