Schwartzman's answer for Nadal at Roland Garros
If you can't hit him, avoid him.
Diego Schwartzman snapped Rafael Nadal's streak of 36 straight sets at Roland Garros before the King of the Sands responded with a sovereign run over nine games to a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 win in his Close record. Extension of the 14th Roland Garros semi-final.
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It is the second year in a row that 13-time French Open champion Nadal Schwartzman has stopped in Paris after his semi-final victory last October. That came after Nadal's quarter-final victory in four sets in 2018 over the Buenos Aires-born Baseliner.
Given Nadal's 105-2 career record in Paris, Schwartzman has a simple solution to navigate the 35-year-old Spaniard in the future: the hope of playing world number 1 Novak Djokovic instead of Nadal.
"I've played great tournaments here in Paris, but I've always lost to Rafa in recent years," said Schwartzman. "In the semifinals, two quarters.
"I might want to play against Nole next time, but not Rafa. It's difficult. I've played great games. The last games always closed. But in the end he wins, so nothing."
Last autumn, Schwartzman surprised Nadal with a 6: 2, 7: 5 victory in the quarter-finals in Rome.
Although the 5 & # 39; 7 "Argentine tested the king of the sands today, Schwartzman said that once Rafa becomes Rafa he will command Court Philippe Chatrier.
"He feels like he's doing everything he can to get you two or three meters behind the line. The court is really big and you're starting to play difficult games and difficult matches against him," said Schwartzman. "The last three times we played here in Chatrier, we went twice for the fourth time, and last year I was very close to coming for the fourth time.
"You know, in the end it is very difficult. I had the chances today maybe in the third. I was close. I played a little better than him. In the end he is Rafa and he always finds the way."
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