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Sport French Open 2020: Nadal sees off Schwartzman to reach 13th Roland Garros final

20:15  09 october  2020
20:15  09 october  2020 Source:   performgroup.com

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Rafael Nadal advanced to his 13th French Open final as he maintained his perfect record in the last four at Roland Garros with a straight-sets victory over Diego Schwartzman.

a man holding a racket on a court: Rafael Nadal celebrates during his win © Getty Images Rafael Nadal celebrates during his win

The Spaniard had never been beaten in the semi-finals of the clay-court grand slam, which he has won a record 12 times, though Schwartzman was the only man to have defeated him on his favoured surface this year.

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Any hopes of a repeat of the Argentine's win in Rome last month were soon dashed, though, as Schwartzman failed to hold in the first two games of an opening set that went on for over an hour before Nadal emerged victorious.

The world number two was just as dominant in the next set and, despite a topsy-turvy third, Nadal won 6-3 6-3 7-6 (7-0) to leave him one win from a record-equalling 20th grand slam.

Schwartzman had a break point on two occasions in Nadal's opening game but, after 14 minutes, the second seed held and soon moved 2-0 up.

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Another break of serve then followed, but Nadal again hit back and went on to seize the set at the third time of asking.

Schwartzman played the shot of the match with an unfathomable chopped forehand winner down the line in the next set, but it was only a mere highlight as Nadal refused to let up, a second break putting him one set from victory.

Nadal has never lost when two sets up on clay but, after forging ahead in the third with a break, he failed to hold in successive service games, with two untimely unforced errors in the latter game giving Schwartzman a glimmer of hope.

The 12th seed had three break points to move 6-5 up but Nadal closed the door each time, and it was the favourite who showed a killer instinct in the tie-break to tee up a final against either Novak Djokovic or Stefanos Tsitsipas.

"I know against Diego it's very difficult until the end," Nadal said on court afterwards.

Schwartzman eases smoothly into quarter-finals

  Schwartzman eases smoothly into quarter-finals Schwartzman eases smoothly into quarter-finalsPARIS (Reuters) - Argentine 12th seed Diego Schwartzman continued his stealthy progress at the French Open as he reached the quarter-finals with a 6-1 6-3 6-4 victory over Italian Lorenzo Sonego on Sunday.

"He's one of the players that makes more breaks [than anyone on] the tour.

"Three weeks ago, I lost in Rome so I expected a very tough match. I'm happy with the way I played, I think I have been improving."

Data slam: Schwartzman unable to replicate Rome magic

Schwartzman hit 31 winners across two sets when he beat Nadal at the Rome Masters, but it was a very different story in Paris.

He managed just 15 in the opening two sets here – with only six in the first – and won only 38 per cent of points on his second serve in the match as Nadal gained sweet revenge.

Data slam: Schwartzman unable to replicate Rome magic

Schwartzman hit 31 winners across two sets when he beat Nadal at the Rome Masters, but it was a very different story in Paris.

He managed just 15 in the opening two sets here – with only six in the first – and won only 38 per cent of points on his second serve in the match as Nadal gained sweet revenge.

WINNERS/UNFORCED ERRORS

Schwartzman: 24/48

Nadal: 38/34

ACES/DOUBLE FAULTS

Schwartzman: 2/3

Nadal: 3/0

BREAK POINTS WON

Schwartzman: 3/12

Nadal: 6/9

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