Thursday, September 23

Nadal beats Schwartzman and could face Djokovic in the Roland Garros semi-finals

  • The 13-time champion beat the Argentine with authority and remains pending the game that the world number 1 will play on the night against Berrettini.

Rafael Nadal She is already where she wanted to be since she arrived in Paris. For 14th he will play the semifinals of Roland Garros and, since 2005 when he won the first title, he has never lost any. Diego schwartzman was his 105th victim in the tournament.

After 2 hours and 45 minutes, the 13-time champion of the tournament defeated him 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-0, giving up the first set. Nadal now expects a rival for Friday that will come out of the night game he faces Nova Djokovic and italian Matteo berrettini. The clash with the number 1 and only depends on the Serbian tennis player.

“I am happy to return to the semifinals of Roland Garros, my favorite tournament and the most important of my career,” the tennis player valued before knowing the name of his next rival.

Small prize

It was not easy for Nadal get rid of Schwartzman. The Argentine tennis player demanded him during many phases of the match. He was brave, aggressive, holding up the Mallorcan’s starting rhythm. Schwartzman (10 world), did not shrink despite giving up the first set and trailing 10-1 in their previous meetings. Schwartzman, with nothing to lose after reaching the quarterfinals at Roland Garros, after a gravel tour out of shape, he clung to the track and managed to snatch the second set from him.

A double fault, the third of Nadal and a right to the clouds, they cost him to lose the second set. A small prize for the effort of Schwartzman and an explosion of joy from the 5,000 fans, who were eager to see a show, and who were in the stands of the Phlippe Chatrier for the first time, after the change of sanitary regulations in France.

Road set streak

Schwartzman had ended the streak of 32 sets won by the Mallorcan and the possibility of approaching the record that will continue one more year in the power of Bjorn borg, since 1981, with 41 consecutive sets without losing.

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But the battle of Nadal is another at Roland Garros. In the third set the equality was maintained. Neither gave up their serve until the ninth game in which Nadal took advantage of two indecisions of Schwartzman to snatch the ‘break’ from the Argentine and take him away in the next game and blank.

There wasn’t much else. In the room Nadal took the starting run so as not to give up any more games to a Schwartzman, already delivered.

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