Nadal's match with Schwartzman is postponed until 12.00PM on Thursday

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Serving for the set, Schwartzman missed two set points before he saved a break-point of his own.

The victor of the match will play either third seed Marin Cilic or Schwartzman's compatriot Juan Martin del Potro.

The enforced interlude had clearly benefited Nadal, and assuming he gets the two points he needs to level the match he will start a strong favourite on Thursday.

The 25-year-old took his third set point with a rasping forehand up the line, after being made to wait when a spectator fell ill in the stands.

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The players only managed another 20 minutes on court before more rain forced them off for the night, but it was enough time for momentum to switch in Nadal's favour.

Spaniard Nadal, bidding for an 11th title on the Parisian clay, also trailed by a break in the second set as Schwartzman threatened a huge shock, but after a rain stoppage, Nadal returned to court to move 5-3 ahead in the second set.

Kasatkina raced away with the last three games of the tie which had been halted at 3-3 in the second set late Sunday because of bad light.

With Halep having outlasted Angelique Kerber on Wednesday, 6-7 (2-7), 6-3, 6-2, then looked at her coach while pointing to her head, she and Muguruza grace the bracket opposite the all-American match between Sloane Stephens and Madison Keys, the 2017 US Open finalists who have their own curious paths.

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Schwartzman's supporters will be hoping he won't be too exhausted from his heroic five-set win over the giant South African Kevin Anderson on Monday and has the self-belief to overcome a 0-5 head-to-head record against Nadal.

Play continued though, with the set following a similar pattern to the first, as Nadal broke back before dropping his serve to 15.

The Romanian broke serve six times against a player who made the semi-finals at the Australian Open in January.

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