Rafael Nadal continues his dominance at the Roland Garros, as he reaches his 14th semi-final after a 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0 victory over Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals of the French Open 2021.
Despite this being his 1st set dropped after having won 36 consecutive sets, Nadal looked in control of the game and from the 3rd set onwards, went a level higher demolishing the Argentine by dishing him a bagel in the final set to storm into the semis to set-up his 58th meeting with World No. 1 Novak Djokovic.
Nadal analyses his quarter-final match
Nadal was certainly up against one of his toughest test in Paris in his quarter-final with Diego Schwartzman who similar to Nadal had not dropped a set in his run till the quarter-finals. As Nadal registered his 105th win at the Roland Garros and became the leader in most bagels given in single tournament, Nadal was hesitant to talk about the numbers in the press-conference.
“The numbers are just amazing no? But, I can’t think about that now. Honestly no, let’s talk about that when I finish my career. Now is a moment to be happy. I won an important match today against a tough opponent and I was able to find a way to play my best tennis in the moment that I really needed it,” said Nadal.
“So, it’s something very important to me, it’s given me a lot of confidence after that so it’s a moment to enjoy today, try to start preparing for that semi-finals in every way, in terms of recovery, in terms of practicing a little bit tomorrow to confirm the good feelings at the end of the match. That’s it.” added Nadal about his win over Diego in the quarter-finals.
Nadal talks about his mentality during the tough moments
With the match levelled at 1-set each, the third set became very important for both the players to hold a lead. With Nadal behind by a game at 4-3, it looked like a tough situation for the Spaniard who overcame it eventually to win the set.
“I have been in a tricky situation, 4-3 for him in the third set with one-set for all. Then came the moment to calm myself, to think about the things that I was doing well on in practices and just try to make it happen. That was the moment to do that because it was a tough moment. I’m very proud that in that moment, it was probably the best level of tennis that I had,” said Nadal.
“I showed up until that 4-3 against, from then until the end of the match, with not many mistakes, hitting a lot of winners, starting to hit the forehand down the line, playing more angles, playing longer with my forehand cross, returning a bit better. So I think, my serve started to work better in that third set.” added Nadal being happy with improving his game in the 3rd set till the end.
Rafael Nadal talks about losing a set after 11 matches at the Roland Garros
Schwartzman winning the 2nd set was the 28th set dropped by Nadal in his 17-years at the French Open and broke Nadal’s streak of having won 36 consecutive sets, after having broken his 38-set streak in 2018 as well.
“But it’s normal, I don’t pretend to come here and not lose sets. It’s not my mindset to come here and just think about losing a set, that it would be a disaster for me to lose one. That’s part of the game,” said Nadal about dropping a set for the first time in 11 matches.
“We’re facing the best players in the world, losing sets is something that I completely accept and is something that I’ve accepted well during my tennis career. The thing that matters is how you recover from a set-loss.” added Nadal concluding his press-conference as he prepares for his 14th semi-final.
Rafael Nadal will be up against Novak Djokovic in the semi-finals of the French Open 2021, a repeat of the 2020 French Open final.