The other men's semi-final is No. 7 Dominic Thiem of Austria against 72nd-ranked Marco Cecchinato of Italy, who never won a Grand Slam match until last week and was cleared of a match-fixing charge on a technicality in 2016.
"It's tough to speak now", del Potro said.
Nadal was not in a charitable frame of mind, though, as he cantered through his next service game with new balls to edge closer to another final. Having a 3.8% edge on serve (holding 89.2% to Del Potro's 85.4%) on clay in the last 12 months, and a whopping 22.9% edge on return (50.4% to 27.5%), we are in quite rare territory where even Nadal's price as a heavy favourite looks value - he's [1.16] to get the win today.
Del Potro will be up against 10-time champion Rafal Nadal for a spot in the final. Having squandered one set point, he went in for a simple backhand volley victor only to dump it into the net. During the ensuing changeover, the left-handed Nadal was treated by a trainer, who applied white tape to both of the No. 1-ranked Spaniard's wrists.
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Nadal, who has lifted the trophy every time he has reached the last four at Roland Garros, broke to love at the start of the third and went on to register a comprehensive straight-sets victory.
After 22 games without a break of serve three came along at once, two for Croatian Cilic as he took the second set. I think this is too good of an opportunity for Thiem to pass up.
Nadal struck 34 winners and Schwartzman racked up 64 unforced errors as the "King of Clay" joined Bjorn Borg and Roger Federer in becoming the only men to reach 11 semifinals in the same major in the Open Era.
Nadal, meanwhile, lost his first set at the French Open since 2015 but that blip did not stop him marching into the semi-finals with a 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 victory over Diego Schwartzman. Amazingly, nine years had passed since he made his first French Open semifinal. I was close to quit this sport. We have officially run out of superlatives to describe this man's clay court greatness, and we've also run out of intra-tennis comparisons.
Nadal came out firing after a short interlude to lead 5-3 before play was suspended on a dismal night in Paris, and the top seed returned to win, 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2, under blue skies the following afternoon.