Rafael Nadal has remained unbeaten in the semi-finals or the finals of the French Open 2020. However, this year it could be different for the Spaniard when he arrives at the Phillipe Charter Court against Diego Schwartzman, who will play his first semi-final in a Grand Slam event.
Additionally, Nadal lost to Schwartzman in the Italian Open’s quarter-final, which was concluded just before the French Open.
Besides, Schwartzman will play the semi-final match after defeating the current US Open champion, Dominic Thiem. The epic battle between the two lasted for over five hours.
With the earlier defeat, world number two believes that changes need to be made to his game. And he will be approaching the match with a different attitude.
In a press conference, Nadal said, “It is a challenge for me to face him. I lost with him in Rome, so it is a sign that he is playing very well. Diego beat Dominic Thiem in an incredible encounter and is one of the best players in the world today. It is a semi-final by Roland Garros, it would always have to be difficult.”
“The Conditions In Paris Are Better For Him”- Nadal
In addition to this, Nadal also believes that Paris’s conditions are more helpful for Argentine Diego. He said, “The conditions here are better for him. But I will try to do a few different things compared to what happened in Rome. But we cannot hide the fact that was knowing that his victory in Rome will make him arrive at this meeting with much more confidence.”
Additionally, Rafael Nadal is only two matches away from winning his 13th Grand Slam in Paris. Besides, winning this tournament will also equal Roger Federer’s record of winning 20 Grand Slams.
While Schwartzman was able to succeed in the last encounter, Nadal still has an advantage against the Argentine as he leads the head-to-head meeting by 9-1.