French Open 2017: Rafa Nadal reaches semi-final after Pablo Carreno Busta retires with injury

Nadal reaches semi-final after Carreno Busta retires with injury

07/06/2017 at 12:11Updated 07/06/2017 at 15:01

Rafael Nadal is through to the semi-finals of the French Open after Pablo Carreno Busta retired with an injury.

The nine-time champion took the first set comfortably 6-2 before his Spanish compatriot took a medical time-out and returned to the court with strapping to his abdomen.

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Carreno Busta then retired at 2-0 down in the second set to leave Nadal to face either Dominic Thiem or Novak Djokovic in the last four.

The 31-year-old Nadal has spent only around eight hours on court, dropping 22 games in the process, to reach his record-extending 10th semi-final at the French Open.

It is the fewest number of games Nadal has lost on his way to the last four on the Paris clay.

In 2008, he dropped 25. He will face either defending champion Novak Djokovic or Austrian Dominic Thiem next.