Diego Schwartzman beat Rafael Nadal in the Italian Open quarter-finals last month and the Spaniard was delighted to get his revenge in the French Open semi-finals this evening.
Nadal is the heavy favourite to win his 13th title at Roland Garros and he sent a statement to the other semi-finalists, Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas, with this straight-sets victory.
The world No 2 had extra motivation heading into the showdown after losing to Schwartzman in Rome.
And the 19-time Grand Slam champion, who can equal Roger Federer’s record on Sunday, analysed that disappointing loss in depth to ensure he did not make the same mistakes twice.
“I have been playing with him a lot of times and it is true that he gets better and better every time,” Nadal said of Schwartzman.
“In Rome I didn’t play my best and he played well.
Meanwhile, Eurosport pundit Tim Henman hailed Nadal for his long-standing clay dominance.
“I’m sure Rafa learnt a lot from that match in Rome,” the former British No 1 said. “Even though he has a fantastic record against Schwartzman he made a lot of adjustments today, stamped his authority on the first two sets.
“The third set did get a bit close, but when you have got that platform of a two sets to love lead it does make things a lot easier.
“His record at Roland-Garros is a joke, it is absolutely phenomenal. You look at his history, he’s got his 99th win, how he maintains the level of form, avoids injuries, and back in the 13th final without dropping a set is incredible.”
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