Past couple of weeks had been rough for the current champion Rafael Nadal. He has been a little impatient lately and wanting to create history and running away from distractions. This Thursday his moves matched his temper and he repaired his game presence and vibez. That Defending champion Rafael Nadal showed real class in his rain interrupted match against 11th seed Digeo Schwartzman and reached his 11th French Open Semi-finals with ruthless aggression.
No. 1 Player Nadal was trailed by 6-4 3-5 when the game was interrupted by the rain on Wednesday.
When the game was resumed this Thursday, the world number one Nadal who was bidding for the 11th French Open Semi-final, dominated the second set right from the start.
Nadal easily levelled the first set loss but the rest of the match was comparitively tougher then first expected. Nadal had to fight hard against Schwartzman to win the match 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2.
The 10 times champion Rafael lost his first set at Rolland Garros for first time in 3 years since 2015 against Digeo Schwartzman but the rain interruption saved the day for the Spaniard.
During the third set as Nadal was serving some break points against the 11th seed Argentine, he was having trouble as Schwartzman was not backing down and showing never give up spirit.
But his famed forehand came to the rescue as he was firing all around the court and grabbing back-to-back breaks.
Nadal claimed that he was a “bit lucky” that the game was delayed by the rain.
He said, “After the first rain delay, the match changed a lot because I played more aggressive with high intensity and things were more on my side,”
“Before it I was not opening the court with the backhand. I was playing too behind the baseline. He was taking the ball earlier than me.
“I had the feeling he had control of the point too many times to have the chance to be successful.”
The 12th Seed Argentinian, who stands at just 5ft 7in didn’t let the height factor come in-midst of his game and grabbed 12th spot in the ATP World Rankings.
This was a clash between the master and the apprentice as Digeo smoothens his skills in Nadal’s Academy. This was his sixth attempt against the man himself and he was showing spirit but things went south as soon as Nadal got the second set.
Digeo missed four break points at 5-2 and when Nadal got the serve he destroyed the opponent.
After the first set, Nadal stunned the Argentine putting him under pressure and grabbing his freedom to play his favourite shots. His consistency in the first set dissappeared and the error rate begins rising. There were a total of 25 unforced errors in the final two sets.
Digeo took his defeat as a man and said, “I was playing poorly, and my opponent was playing better. You can’t always find the excuses or positive things about the external things.”
“You have to find causes within yourself. The changes were not the sun or the rain.”
Nadal will now face the fifth seed Juan Martin del Potro in the Semi-finals on Friday after the Argentinian Marin Cilic 7-6 (7-5) 5-7 6-3 7-5 in another quarter finalss that was moved to Thursday.
The winner of this match will play the finals on Sunday against either seventh seed Austrian Dominic Thiem or unseeded Marco Cecchinato.