| By Eric C. Peck
As the women’s side of the draw finished out their respective matches to determine the semifinalists at Roland Garros, both men’s quarterfinals matchups got underway, but were suspended and will resume Thursday due to rain

As the women’s side of the draw finished out their respective matches to determine the semifinalists at Roland Garros, both men’s quarterfinals matchups got underway, but were suspended and will resume Thursday due to rain.

Rafael Nadal was down one set to Diego Schwartzman, 4-6, 5-3, when play was suspended at 7:30 p.m. local time. Schwartzman, winless against Nadal in five career matchups, took the first set from the 10-time French Open champ and was up 3-2 when a 40-minute rain delay hit. Play resumed and Nadal won three consecutive games to take a 5-3 advantage in the second set before the match was postponed for Thursday.

The winner of Nadal-Schwartzman will advance to the semis to face the winner of another postponed quarterfinals matchup between third-seeded Marin Cilic and fifth-seeded Juan Martin del Potro.

Del Potro and Marin Cilic were even at 6-6, 5/5 in the first set when rain hit the clay courts of Roland Garros as the two will resume Thursday. The French Open quarterfinals meeting is the 13th time the two have faced one another, with Del Potro holding a 10-2 advantage.

Eric C. Peck

Eric C. Peck is Editor-in-Chief of Long Island Tennis Magazine. He may be reached by e-mail at eric@litennismag.com