Rematch in Paris

Rafa Nadal and Diego Schwartzman twenty days after the Argentine's triumph in Rome. They will seek qualification for the grand final on Sunday.

20 days ago, Diego Schwartzman lived one of the happiest days of his life. He had lost nine times in a row against Rafa Nadal in as many clashes and finally won the Balearic. It was in the semifinals in Rome and everything changed for him. The Argentine's season had been rather discreet, but after beating the king of the earth on the track where he had lifted the title nine times, he came up and the momentum has taken him to the semi-finals at Roland Garros. Today (14:50, DMAX and Eurosport), Nadal will try to get revenge in Paris for that defeat.

In his favor, the manacorí has a history and a background in the tournament that are very favorable to him. He is already in his comfort zone: whenever he has passed the fourth quarter in the Bolonia Forest, then he has been champion. Or put another way, he has never lost a semi-final match in the French major. His record is overwhelming: 12-0. As many victories as titles won. "We trust our player, we know where he is, his history in this tournament ... Although the conditions are different, it is still Roland Garros and Philippe Chatrier", says his coach, Carlos Moyá.

That is the general feeling, that Nadal can and should be superior to Schwartzman in a match on clay to five sets. Even the compatriots of Peque think it. Juan Mónaco, a former top-10 tennis player and a good friend of both the Spaniard and his rival in the semifinals, describes what can happen today in the capital of France: "Rafa gets us used to the fact that it is normal for him to always win. In Rome They were other circumstances and now he has already competed and with a very good level. Paris is his territory, he is the owner of Roland Garros. All of this helps him feel better and play at his best. He is physically well and confident for everything. high. "

Yesterday, Nadal trained in the company of Moyá, who sparred him, and with the help of Francis Roig, who joined the Mallorcan expedition a few days ago, and his physio, Rafael Maymó. He practiced, among other things, responding to short, cut remains such as Schwartzman often did in Rome. All in a positive environment. On the next track, his opponent, who has suffered more so far in the championship, exercised at the same time, something that can be good on the one hand, preparing for extreme situations, and bad on the other, for what refers to physical wear. Diego has had to face 62 break points against him in six games (he saved 41); Nadal, only 15 (he got rid of 11). And he has been on the track for three and a half hours longer than Rafa (1:34 pm against 10:04 am). You could say that the tournament really starts today for Nadal while Schwartzman is coming back. In any case, revenge is served.

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