The King of clay court, Rafael Nadal has reached to the final of French Open for the thirteenth time. Nadal avenged his recent Rome Masters semi final defeat against Diego Schwartzman. He defeated the Argentine with 6-3, 6-3,7-6(0) scoreline. This Nadal’s straight set win was not an walkover as Diego Schwartzman did not let the 2nd seed run away with the match. The 19-time Grand Slam champion was made to work hard to win the semi-final. You can also read Novak Djokovic beat Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas to Face Nadal in the Final.
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The ball the bouncing higher due to the heavy topspin rotation and this tactic served well for Nadal against the Argentine. Nadal played the first two sets with some powerful strokes and with so much topspin for the ball to drop back inside the line. On the other hand, Schwartzman, who is a very good clay-court player was not able to produce powerful hits off the wings as he has to deal with striking the ball from heights. He attempted to open up the court with flatter shots but it did not pay him well as the number of unforced errors was rising. Nadal opted to play defensive as he played the safe shots. Diego Schwartzman aka El Peque (Spanish equivalent to ‘Shorty’) resisted Nadal first service game which was the opening game of the match. It lasted for 14 tiring minutes but at the end it was Nadal who had the last laugh.
Rafael Nadal French Open Record:
Rafael Nadal is known as the king of clay-court as he has appeared 15 times in French Open and won the title 12 times. In 2005 Rafael Nadal appeared for the very first time in French Open and won the title defeating Mariano Puerta. Nadal was the first player to win French Open title in his first appearance. After this he never looked back and won the title in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018 and in 2019. Lets us see if he can repeat what he is best at in 2020.
Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman – Semi-final Highlights