Diego Schwartzman vs Rafael Nadal will be the semi-final of this year’s French Open. Both players have already faced each other few weeks ago in Rome, where Argentinian shocked everyone by defeating the king of clay. However, Nadal’s record in French Open is 98-2, this is his favorite tournament and hard to imagine him losing twice in one month. To have more insights on this Diego Schwartzman vs Rafael Nadal match, please read our preview below.
Diego started the clay season very well, defeating Nadal and reaching the final in Rome where he fell short against Djokovic. Nevertheless, this performance clearly inspired him, and he kept winning in the French Open. He managed to defeat Thiem in five-set thriller, proving that he also feels great on clay. It will be interesting to see what changes has Nadal prepared for Diego, after his previous loss. However, huge advantage for Argentinian is his accuracy and speed. Nadal’s forehand is a true nightmare for all opponents, but Diego manages to counter-attack some of them and this will be his biggest advantage. But this should be a completely different match, because Diego will be tired after his marathon against Thiem, and Spaniard might use it.
Naval still haven’t lost a set in this tournament this year and continues to prove that he is still the best tennis player on clay in the world. However, the further he goes, the stronger opponents he faces. This time he has the opportunity to avenge his loss in Rome a few weeks ago. Naval did not play well in that match, but also there is so much credit for Diego and his game reading. He used Nadal’s lack of practice on clay and made most of it. Nevertheless, Rafael has already proven that in the most important moments he brings his best game, and if he plays as he did in previous rounds, he should win a comfortable win, perhaps with losing one set. But if he will keep allowing Diego to feel his game, there might be another shocker.
Diego Schwartzman vs Rafael Nadal H2H
Both players have faced each other 10 times and only once Diego managed to grab a win, but perhaps it will inspire him to improve his record.