Third set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3 * 5-5 Diego Schwartzman
15-30 behind and two points from defeat, Schwartzman has put together a huge hold to keep the pressure on Nadal.
After a good unreturned serve by the Argentine at 15-30, Nadal had his chances. At 30-30, he opened the field perfectly and set a backhand down the line, only to trip over the backhand and hit the net.
At game point, Schwartzman controlled the point and threw it all on Nadal, who tracked it all down before responding with a great drophot. Under tremendous pressure, Schwartzman chased after him and produced a nice fast break shot that was good enough to elicit a Nadal error. Great struggle of the Argentine to somehow keep this alive.
Third set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3 5-4 * Diego Schwartzman
Much better than Nadal, who holds the service to love after losing the service twice in a row. Nadal’s serve was much better, he held up with a great serve and a 1-2 forehand punch down the line, punctuated by a strong “vamos”. Back to the basics. A game away.
Third set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3 * 4-4 Diego Schwartzman
Schwartzman quickly rolls to 15 to put some pressure on Nadal’s shoulders. Once again some unforced sloppy mistakes by Nadal, which ended in a bad comeback. He has a lot to think about here.
Third set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3 4-3 * Diego Schwartzman
Another fragmented service match for Nadal, who drops his serve once again from the game point.
Nadal saved the break point at 30-40 with an unreturned body serve, but then fired a long backhand. At the second break point, he entered the field and nervously demolished a straight winner.
It looked like the match was going to swing Nadal’s way when he reached the point of play, but Schwartzman saved him by dropping the ball in the center of the field from both wings until he got a backhand error. Nadal then made two mistakes, including a routine forehand mistake.
A good try from Schwartzman, but this has been a very strange time since Nadal seemed to have taken control of the match * 3-1.
Third set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3 * 4-2 Diego Schwartzman
That comeback didn’t last very long. Nadal falls in love after a series of Schwartzman’s elementary mistakes. At the break point, Schwartzman scored his second routine backhand of the match to meekly return it.
Nadal ended his previous serving match so badly, but as always he refused to leave it. You can only respect his mentality.
Third set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3 3-2 * Diego Schwartzman
Admirably, Schwartzman is still fighting hard and forced himself back in the third set. He burst into this throwback game with flamboyant aggression and ultimately paid off as he punched a backhand down the line to reach 30-30. Then Nadal missed an easy forehand to give him a break point.
Nadal upped his intensity to save the breaking point, finishing a long stitch with a huge forehand inside. However, he could not repeat that shape. For two, Nadal has sent two straight straight.
Third set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3 * 3-1 Diego Schwartzman
Schwartzman drops his serve to love as Nadal continues to roll with his momentum. In truth, she offered more resistance to referee Aurelie Tourte who argued with her about a 0-30 mark than Nadal.
Here is my piece looking forward to tomorrow’s women’s final in between Iga Swiatek is Sofia Kenin.
Third set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3 2-1 * Diego Schwartzman
Nadal overcomes another easy hold, this time for love. Nadal continues to serve very well and is also opening his shoulders off the ground, notably munching on a big cross forehand winner at 30-0. Pressure builds on Schwartzman’s serve.
Schwartzman’s return games won:
Previous rounds: 55%
Third set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3 * 1-1 Diego Schwartzman
Schwartzman opens his account in the third set with a quick catch at 15, sealed with an ace on the T.
There was an incredible point at 30-15, where Nadal defended two huge Schwartzman hits, producing a backhand lob on Schwartzman’s head. After all that work, Nadal stretched the forehand nicely on Schwartman’s limp response. Otherwise, routine for the Argentine.
Third set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 6-3 1-0 * Diego Schwartzman
Nadal rolls through a quick hold at 15 to open the third set. Some great Nadal serves, including his third ace.
Second set stats:
Rafael Nadal – 80% first serve, 81% first serve points won, 75% second serve points won, 8 winners 7 unforced errors, 41% return points won
Diego Schwartzman – 66% first serve points, 58% first serve points won, 60% second serve points won, 20% return points won 9 winners 12 unforced errors
A much better service performance in the second set than Nadal, who lost only 4 points on the service in the whole set against one of the top three in the return to the world. Schwartzman needs a miracle and it’s hard to believe he’ll get one.
Rafael Nadal leads Diego Schwartzman 6-3 6-3
Unfortunately for Schwartzman, the mistakes piled up in the final match. He doubled at 30-15 and then sent a forehand to 30-30. Sensing the blood, Nadal buried a forehand along the line and happily watched the Argentine’s forehand return fly well for long.
Second set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 5-3 * Diego Schwartzman
Nadal dances through a quick love catch to move to a game with a two-set lead. Great serve from him, dismantled with his second ace of the day.
Second set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 * 4-3 Diego Schwartzman
Somehow, Schwartzman recovers from 0-40 to keep his serve. There was a very clear hangover over Nadal’s escape in the previous match, with a couple of Schwartzman’s mistakes immediately pushing him close to a double break down. From the triple break point, it was Nadal’s turn to produce a disappointing tennis. He will be particularly unhappy to miss a routine return at 30-40.
Hell, Schwartzman did enough with a forehand down the line to get a forced forehand mistake from Nadal. Nadal then missed another simple return.
Second set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 4-2 * Diego Schwartzman
This seemed like a great chance for Schwartzman, who opened the match by slamming a winner on the backhand line, then at 0-15 he knocked out Nadal at the net with an all-round forehand pass that provoked the strongest cheering of the day. At 0-30, Schwartzman narrowly missed a backhand down the line.
From that moment, Nadal sensed the danger and the answer was incredible. At 15-30, he slid into the net behind a big forehand down the line and finished the tip with a couple of very good overheads. At 30-30, Nadal went wild on a huge overturned forehand winner. He finished the game 40-30 with a drop shot winner of a sliding serve.
It was a very threatening match for Schwartzman and the others in the draw, a very good sign of his confidence.
Second set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 * 3-2 Diego Schwartzman
Great job by Schwartzman to keep the gap on just one break, putting in a big cross forehand on the game point to keep the 15.
Second set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 3-1 * Diego Schwartzman
Nadal quickly consolidates the break. Things could have gotten more complicated at 30-30, but Schwartzman sent a fairly habitual forehand as he tried to take control of the spot.
In the first game point, Nadal took Schwartzman by surprise in another long exchange by injecting huge pace into a forehand down the line. This is a difficult result to return to.
Second set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 * 2-1 Diego Schwartzman
Nadal is looking very good now as he breaks early in the second set. After a few huge hits to open the return game, he sealed the break by grinding a Schwartzman backhand mistake, keeping his depth all the way through.
It goes without saying that this is a completely different Rafael Nadal from the Roma player of a few weeks ago.
Second set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 1-1 * Diego Schwartzman
Nadal follows Schwartzman’s love hold with a love hold of his own. Excellent serve from Nadal, who finished with a winning serve on T. Both players started this set trying to be more aggressive at the start of the point.
Winners – Unforced Errors:
- Diego Schwartzman – 6 winners 15 unforced errors
- Rafael Nadal – 16 winners 11 unforced errors
Quite the difference, but it shows how difficult it is to hit the ball past Nadal on this surface. Schwartzman was aggressive in that set and controlled a lot of the points, but Nadal was usually there even if he didn’t win the point.
Second set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 * 0-1 Diego Schwartzman
Schwartzman opens the second set with a quick catch. After a few huge hits, he sealed the love serve game with a backhand crosscourt winner.
First set: Rafael Nadal 6-3 Diego Schwartzman
Nadal wants to take the first set, but it certainly wasn’t easy. He looked like he was heading for a simple 40-30 hold, but on his first set point Nadal hit a routine forehand.
At deuce, Nadal produced one of his most impressive points of the day to produce a second set point. Schwartzman was dictating the rally, moving Nadal from side to side and then opened the field with a really nice forehand angle. Nadal cut the corner and then smashed a hissing backhand crosscourt winner straight out, roaring with delight.
On Nadal’s second set point, it was Schwartzman’s turn to counterattack deftly, absorbing numerous forehand hits from Nadal before forcing a Nadal backhand mistake with a deep forehand.
Nadal responded brilliantly to two with a surprise drop shot at the start of the point that Schwartzman simply couldn’t react to. Eventually, at the third break point, Schwartzman dropped a backhand into the net.
First set: Rafael Nadal * 5-3 Diego Schwartzman
After a period of hard, long holds and multiple break points faced, suddenly we have three quick holds in a row. With an excellent cross-court forehand winner, Schwartzman closes his serve match at 15 for 3-5. He’s still there, he’s still putting pressure on Nadal to keep his level up. This is all you can do.
First set: Rafael Nadal 5-2 * Diego Schwartzman
Half an hour later, Rafael Nadal finally made his first hold without having to save a break point. Some great serves from Nadal, who went to the net behind a fly serve at 30-15 and then dropped to 15 with a winning serve. Quality seal.
Meanwhile, Swiatek and partner Melichar just lost a first-set tiebreak against Guarachi / Krawczyk.
First set: Rafael Nadal * 4-2 Diego Schwartzman
Schwartzman gets his first hold of the match and has done very well. Having lost so many important points on his serve so far, this time Schwartzman jumped to the occasion at 30-30, smashing Nadal’s backhand with a fierce cross forehand combination. He then produced an excellent, surprising second serve on the T which yielded a rare loose point on an important point. Good job.
First set: Rafael Nadal 4-1 * Diego Schwartzman
Nadal saves a break point to secure an essential hold, consolidating his break. Nadal led 40-15, only for Schwartzman to drag Nadal back to the devil by taking control of two long rallies and ending up on the line. As the two stacked up, Nadal produced a big ace on the T to save Schwartzman’s break point. Eventually, Nadal found a combination of serve and forehand at holf’s game point.
So far Nadal has faced one break point in every serve match, but unlike Schwartzman he has survived two.
First set: Rafael Nadal * 3-1 Diego Schwartzman
Nadal certainly had no problems entering the field to break through for the second consecutive time. At 15-15, Nadal beat the winner with a cross backhand in points. Then he unloaded on the forehand after a long meeting in court. Eventually, Nadal chased a Schwartzman drop shot and it was more than equal to the lob that was followed, finally finishing the point with an overhead. This was the best match of Nadal’s match so far.
First set: Rafael Nadal 2-1 * Diego Schwartzman
Schwartzman breaks down. This turned into a bad start for Schwartzman who scored his 8th unforced error by falling 30-15 on Nadal’s serve. But he recovered so well.
He found a stunning angled backhand at 30-15 after a 25-stroke rally. Then, after an intense exchange on the side of the two at 30-30, Schwartzman unloaded on a crossed forehand. He then absorbed a couple of big backhands from Nadal, before the Spaniard threw a backhand into the net.
At the moment, the Argentine is finding it much easier to overcome these slower conditions than Nadal.
First set: Rafael Nadal * 2-0 Diego Schwartzman
Nadal immediately stops serving after Schwartzman’s messy opening serve game. The Argentine led 30-0, then lost four points in a row. At 30-30, he committed a double fault and then dropped a routine backhand into the net at the first break point.
First set: Rafael Nadal 1-0 * Diego Schwartzman
Just a relaxed 14-minute opening game filled with long, intense exchanges to get the blood flowing.
A great effort by Nadal, who saved two break points to keep his serve. After recovering from 40-15 to two, Schwartzman chased a couple of big forehands before moving seamlessly from defense to attack, ending with a great backhand in the cross zone.
At the break point, Schwartzman missed the second serve. Schwartzman later created a second break point to which Nadal responded with a great drop shot, finally finishing the point with a nice volley. Nadal eventually finished with a great cross backhand.
We could be here for a long time.
Both players are finishing their warm-up. Nadal will serve first.
Rafael Nadal leads the head-to-head against Diego Schwartzman 9-1 and 4-1 on clay, but even before Schwartzman took his first win over Nadal last month, he was always an irritant for Nadal. He tends to play well for at least some sets, as he did when he took a set with Nadal in the only game at Roland Garros in the quarter-finals of 2018.
There are a lot of long rallies coming up and Schwartzman will once again be looking to move forward to the back line when he can, get the ball off both wings early and check for points. The quality backhand of the cross-court in Nadal’s forehand from the pitch will determine a lot. Let’s see.
A brief demonstration of Diego Schwartzman’s incredible level against Nadal in Rome two weeks ago.
This is the most recent update on Novak Djokovic’s neck problems.
Hello! Welcome to the thirteenth day of our coverage of Roland Garros, as the men’s semi-final is finally upon us and we have two very exciting matches scheduled. The former, 12-time Roland Garros champion and 2nd seed Rafael Nadal, will face 12th seed Diego Schwartzman. Seeded Novak Djokovic will follow with a very interesting match with fifth-seeded Stefanos Tsitsipas.
Despite all the quality tennis played by others, the main argument in the men’s tournament has been about Nadal and Djokovic and whether a final match is inevitable. Both players reached the quarter-finals without losing a set, but the quarter-finals finally produced some friction as 19-year-old Jannik Sinner served for the first set against Nadal before Djokovic entered his quarter-finals against the formidable Pablo Carreno Busta with some discomfort in the neck and shoulder. For a set and a while, he was on the ropes until he raised his level and recovered to win in four sets.
What is clear is that both opponents in the semifinals are capable of beating them. After consistently making life difficult for Nadal in their previous 9 fights, Schwartzman finally landed his first win against Nadal three weeks ago in Rome with the best performance of his career. He broke Nadal’s serve 5 times in total and was a constant pest from the back line, catching the ball so early and leaving the winners on both sides to win 6-2 7-5. However, Roma was Nadal’s first tournament since the lockdown and even though conditions in Paris aren’t ideal for him, he now has more games under his belt, best of 5 sets and the convenience of playing in a tournament where boasts a 98-2 disc. All of this is extremely difficult.
Is Stefanos Tsitsipas ready to rise to the level of Novak Djokovic? Although he has already reached a slam semifinal at the 2019 Australian Open, these are the most impressive two weeks of his Tsitsipas career so far. After the horror of not converting 6 match points in his fourth round of the US Open against Borna Coric and arriving late in Paris after competing in the final in Hamburg against Andrey Rublev, he lost the first two sets of the tournament to Jaume Munar . Since his first career recovery by two sets less, he hasn’t lost a set and shocked many people by dismantling Rublev in three sets on Wednesday. The resistance he produces against Djokovic today will reveal a lot about him.