The toughest battle for the reigning champion Rafael Nadal and Diego Schwartzman comes along in the semi-finals of the French Open 2020. Schwartzman has advanced to this stage of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career. He poses a real threat to the King of Clay, who has lost only twice at this tournament in his entire career.
- Fixture: Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman
- Date: 9 October 2020
- Tournament: Roland Garros 2020
- Round: Semifinals
- Venue: Paris, France
- Category: Grand Slam
- Surface: Red clay
- Prize money: Approx. €425,250
When and Where to watch
- Approx. 5:30 p.m CEST (Tentative), 9 p.m IST
- Live Telecast: USA – NBC / Tennis Channel | India – Star Sports / Disney+ Hotstar VIP
Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman: Match Preview
The World No.2 hasn’t dropped a single set in this tournament yet. In his quarter-final match against Jannik Sinner, the 19-year-old was the only individual to come close to taking a set-off of Rafa. Nadal won against Sinner 7-6(4), 6-4, 6-1. He is looking to lay claim to his 20th Grand Slam title at this tournament.
Diego Schwartzman on the other hand, is on a high from his victory over the U.S Open 2020 champion Dominic Thiem. The duo produced a spectacular display of tennis. The Argentine conquered the World No.3 7-6(1), 5-7, 6-7(6), 5-7, 6-2. He had straight-sets victory in his early rounds. Diego now stands to pose a severe threat to the reigning French Open champion.
Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman: Head-to-Head
The duo have battled against each other 10 times. Nadal leads this head-to-head, having lost only once. What is interesting about this 1 victory that Schwartzman attained over Rafa is that it came about just 2 weeks ago.
The Argentine vanquished Nadal in the quarter-finals of the Italian Open 2020. The straight-sets win of 6-2, 7-5 indicated the incredible tennis that the 24-year-old has in him.
Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman: Match Prediction
Keeping in mind Schwartzman’s recent form and conquering of the Spaniard, this is being touted as a highly-anticipated match. Nadal might finally drop a few sets in this one. The reigning French Open Champion will have to change his tactics. He’ll have to come swinging at Schwartzman from the very first point. The Argentine will not make this road ahead smooth for the Spaniard.
Match Prediction: Rafael Nadal advances to the finals after playing a 5 set thriller against Diego Schwartzman.