09 Jun 2021: Rafael Nadal overcomes Schwartzman to enter the French Open semi-final
Spanish maestro Rafael Nadal earned a hard-fought victory over Argentina's Diego Schwartzman to enter the semi-finals of the 2021 French Open. Although the 10th seed duly tested Nadal in the quarter-final that spanned over two hours, the Spaniard won 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. Notably, Nadal has never missed out on a Roland Garros title after claiming a spot in the semis. Here is more.
Match: How did the match pan out?
Schwartzman did fairly well in the first set despite having a 2-4 deficit. His efforts paid off in the second set as he took a set off Nadal. However, the Spaniard used all his experience to bounce back, winning the next set 6-4. Nadal was all over the Argentine in the final set, making it one-sided in the end.
Win: Nadal earns his 11th victory over Schwartzman
Nadal has won his 11th match against Schwartzman.He has an 11-1 lead in the ATP head-to-head series.Schwartzman's only win against Nadal came in Rome last year.However, weeks later, he was handed a straight-set defeat by the Spaniard in the Roland Garros semi-final.Notably, Schwartzman is the only player to take a set off Nadal in this year's French Open so far.
Fact: Schwartzman ends this streak of Nadal
By winning the second set, Schwartzman ended the 36-set winning-streak of Nadal at Roland Garros. The Argentine had ended Nadal's 38-set winning streak in the same tournament in 2018. Notably, Bjorn Borg holds the record for winning 41 consecutive sets at the French Open.
Feats: An incredible record of 105-2 at French Open
Nadal has improved to an astonishing 105-2 match record at the French Open.The 20-time Grand Slam champion has entered his 14th Roland Garros semi-final.As stated, he has never lost the penultimate clash of the tournament.He is through to his 35th Grand Slam semi-final overall.Nadal is 23-3 in the season, which includes titles in Barcelona and Rome.
Fact: Rafa is unbeaten in his last 35 French Open matches!
Battle: Nadal likely to face Novak Djokovic in semis
Nadal is likely to set up a high-voltage semi-final clash with world number one Novak Djokovic, who faces Matteo Berrettini next. The Serbian advanced to the quarter-final after an intense encounter against Italy's Lorenzo Musetti, who retired through injury. Notably, Nadal trails Djokovic 28-29 in their ATP head-to-head series. However, the Spaniard has beaten Djokovic in seven out of eight Roland Garros matches.
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