Friday special. In the first semi-final of Roland Garros, Diego Schwartzman plays for the first time in such an important round of a Grand Slam and his rival is none other than Rafael Nadal, the owner of the record 12 titles on the Paris clay. An unmissable duel, to follow live on ESPN and ESPN Play.
Between them, the difference in official duels is enormous. The tenth was the charm for the Argentine, who had lost the first nine games at the hands of the Spanish southpaw. He retaliated in the quarterfinals in Rome, the prelude that the Masters 1000 meant in the Italian capital to reach the traditional brick dust of the French capital.
Schwartzman is the No. 14 in the world, but with his great performance in Paris he made sure to get into the Top 10 of the ATP ranking for the first time from next Monday to be No. 8. For his part, Nadal is second in the standings and won the 12 semi-finals he played at the French Open.
Next, the detail of the 10 crosses between Schwartzman and Nadal, in chronological order:
Acapulco 2013, first round (clay):
Nadal won 6-2 and 6-2. The Spanish was the second seed of the tournament and won it.
US Open 2015, second wheel (cement):
Nadal won 7-6 (5), 6-3 and 7-5. He was the eighth seed and lost in the next round, to Fabio Fognini.
Monte Carlo 2017, quarter-finals (clay):
Nadal triumphed 6-4 and 6-4. The Spanish was the fourth seed and came out champion.
Australian Open 2018, Round of 16 (cement):
Nadal won 6-3, 6-7 (4), 6-3 and 6-3. He was the top seed and retired in the next match, against Marin Cilic.
Madrid 2018, round of 16 (clay):
Nadal won 6-3 and 6-4 victory. He played as the main candidate and lost in the quarterfinals to Dominic Thiem.
Roland Garros 2018, quarter-finals (clay):
Nadal won 4-6, 6-3, 6-3 and 6-2. The Spanish was the first seed and won the tournament.
Indian Wells 2019, third round (cement):
Nadal beat him 6-3 and 6-1. He was the second seeded and did not appear in the semi-final against Roger Federer.
US Open 2019, quarterfinals (cement):
Nadal triumphed 6-4, 7-5 and 6-2. The Spanish was the second seeded and was champion.
Davis Cup 2019, quarter-finals (cement):
Nadal won 6-1 and 6-2. The left-hander was crowned champion with Spain in the first renewed version, in Madrid.
Rome 2020, quarter-finals (clay):
Schwartzman defeated Nadal for the first time: it was 6-2 and 7-5 to get among the best four of the Italian tournament, where he later lost the final to Novak Djokovic.