PARIS: Rafa Nadal might be a more durable proposition for Diego Schwartzman than he was in Rome final month once they meet within the French Open semi-finals on Thursday, says Nadal’s coach Carlos Moya.
Twelve-times French Open champion Nadal was surprisingly overwhelmed 6-2 7-5 by the Argentine within the Rome quarters — Schwartzman’s first win over the Spaniard in 10 conferences.
That was Nadal’s first match for seven months, nonetheless, and he has progressed to the semi-finals at Roland Garros with out dropping a set, though he was pushed laborious within the early levels of his match in opposition to Jannick Sinner on Tuesday.
Schwartzman is thru to his first Grand Slam semi-final after a five-hour victory over U.S. Open winner Dominic Thiem.
“The match in Rome was very unusual as a result of Rafa received two excellent matches in opposition to highly effective opponents,” Moya advised Eurosport.
“Towards Schwartzman it was the primary time that he had issues within the rating and he didn’t handle it completely effectively on a bodily or psychological degree.
“We realized from that second and now he’s at an amazing degree with many extra video games performed. Will probably be a tricky psychological battle and I believe we’ve some weapons that can enable Rafa to compete with ensures.”
Nadal would be the overwhelming favorite to avenge that Rome loss, though Moya says Schwartzman will present a tricky problem and won’t be affected by his attritional battle with Thiem.
“Will probably be a really troublesome duel as we noticed in Rome. Diego’s match in opposition to Thiem yesterday was unimaginable and I believe even Diego may have received extra simply,” Moya mentioned.
“Diego is an unimaginable participant and we do not assume that the bodily issue goes to affect an excessive amount of.”
Nadal has solely misplaced two matches at Roland Garros out of the 100 he has performed.

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