Juan Martin del Potro through to first French Open semi-final since 2009
When the rain came to suspend play on Wednesday evening Juan Martin del Potro and Marin Cilic were locked at 5-5 in a first-set tie break. It was fifth seed Del Potro who took the first two points upon the resumption to draw first blood.
After 22 games without a break of serve three came along at once, two for Croatian Cilic as he took the second set.
In the third Del Potro was broken again early on but then reeled off four successive games to get his nose back in front.
The fourth set went hurriedly with serve until 5-5, when from out of nowhere Del Potro fashioned three break points.
The Argentinian took the second of them and served out for a 7-6 (7/5) 5-7 6-3 7-5 victory in just under four hours.
Afterwards a tearful Del Potro said on courtside: "It's tough to speak now.
"It has been a long time without a good feeling in my body. I have had three surgeries on my left wrist and I was close to quitting. I don't have any words.
"It's so good for my team and my family. I am so proud to be playing tennis. I feel at home here. Merci beaucoup!"