Nadal will be aiming for his twentieth grand slam title on Sunday to equal Roger Federer’s record. The Spaniard has never lost in the French Open final, he has not lost a hundred on his way to this year’s final.
The quarterfinal winner of US Open winner Dominic Thiem Schwartzman was closest to success in the third set, which he brought to the tie-break. In it, however, the Spanish favorite outclassed him 7: 0 and scored his 99th victory in the 101st Paris match.
Rafael Nadal celebrates advancing to the French Open final
Christophe Some, ČTK / AP
Twenty-eight-year-old Schwartzman in the general at Roland Garros unexpectedly defeated Nadal in the quarterfinals of the tournament in Rome after nine defeats, but today he was still one step behind in the opening two sets.
He lost 1: 3 and 2: 4 in the third set, but managed to equalize at 5: 5 and developed three breakballs in the even eleventh game, which lasted 12 minutes. However, Nadal defended the service and the set and the match were decided by an abbreviated game in which he dominated.
“It’s unbelievable to be in the final again. I lost to Diego a few weeks ago, so I was expecting a very difficult match. I knew it would be difficult for him until the end, because he’s one of the players who gets a lot of breaks on the tour. So winning against him is very positive for me, “said Nadal, who advanced to the finals in Paris without losing the set for the sixth time in his career.
Djokovic had long controlled the match with the representative of the upcoming generation, Tsitsipas, and seemed to end it in the shortest possible time. In the third set at 5: 4, the thirty-three-year-old favorite had a match at his service, but the 22-year-old Greek turned him away and took a breath to turn around. The tough Tsitsipas fighting for the first grand slam final forced Djokovic to make mistakes, won the third set and then forced the deciding set.
In it, however, the more experienced Serb dominated, quickly built up a lead and, when Tsitsipas was handed over with a winning return, turned into a third ball match overall. The last time Roland Garros was in the final was in Djokovic, in 2016, when he won his only Parisian title.
“I stayed calm, even though Stefanos played very well,” said Djokovic after the battle, who considers Nadal to be the favorite of the final. “The local court is his living room, after all those wins. But I will have a lot of motivation for the match,” added the Serbian tennis player, who did not only win the US Open semifinals this year with Spaniard Pablo Carren, who ended up disqualifying him .
Djokovic leads Nadalem 29:26 in the mutual balance of finalists.
|French Open tennis slam tournament in Paris (clay, subsidy 38 million euros):|
|Nadal (2-Sp.) – Schwartzman (12-Arg.) 6: 3, 6: 3, 7: 6 (7: 0)|
|Djokovic (1-SRB) – Tsitsipas (5-Greece) 6: 3, 6: 2, 5: 7, 4: 6, 6: 1|
|Guarachiova, Krawczyk (14-Chile / USA) – Melicharova, Swiatekova (USA / Pol.) 7: 6 (7: 5), 1: 6, 6: 4|
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