Rafael Nadal defeats Diego Schwartzman to reach French Open final | Tennis news
Nadal has now won all 13 of his semi-finals at the French Open and will face the winner of the match between Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas on Sunday.
Last Updated: 9/10/20 PM 7:27 PM
Rafael Nadal’s search for the 20th Grand Slam title continued on Friday, when he defeated Diego Schwartzman 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7-0) to reach another final.
Schwartzman, who beat Spaniard for the first time in 10 meetings in Rome three weeks ago, was unable to include the 12-time champion in his preferred court Philippe Satri, despite his best efforts.
Nadal, who has not given up a single set in the tournament, extends his win-loss record at Roland Crosby to 99-2 for the 20th big title and Roger Federer’s men’s record.
Nadal has reached the final of the 13th French Open, the sixth time he has added to the show without dropping a single set.
He said: “I had two mistakes and he showed some good points and I know against Diego, it was very difficult until the last.
“I lost in Rome two and a half weeks ago, so I was looking forward to a very tough match. I’m happy with the way I played.
“With these conditions it is very difficult and coming back to the finals is still unbelievable. Thanks to my team and my family. It was a beautiful moment for me.”
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Schwartzman is already in the U.S. Open champion Dominic Evil was knocked out in the five-set epic, and with the ball bouncing far lower than usual, Nadal came on caution in Argentina’s matches.
The first set lasted 67 minutes alone, with Swartzman breaking Natale once and having to save the other three break points before the Spaniards took it.
Swartzman went a step further after demanding a more comfortable second set due to the lack of attack intensity he showed in Rome.
He looked down and out 1-3 in the third set, but surprisingly dug in, breaking Natalie twice in a row and trailing 4-4. Now it commanded much of Swartzman’s play, but, with Spaniard’s 6-5, the door was closed.
It was finally settled by a tie-break that Nadal ran to ensure Nadal reached the final without dropping a set for the sixth time in Paris. He will now have the opportunity to join the old foe Federer as the biggest man of all time in the men’s game.
Speaking at his press conference, Nadal said: “We tried to go to court with a plan and the right determination. In a way I think I played the right match strategically.
“I think I made two mistakes tactically and certainly technically. But, in general, I’m very happy about the competition.
“This is an important victory for me against a very tough player. To win against Diego, you have to work a lot and you have to play well for so long.
“That’s what I did today. I think I played solidly. I played with perfect determination for most of the moment in the match.”