Not everyone can. The Argentinian Diego Schwartzman (10th) fell in the quarter finals of the French Open before Rafael Nadal (3rd) by 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-2 in two hours and 45 minutes of play. Although Peque could not hit the bump and advance to the semifinals, he had the pleasure of staying with the second set against the Spanish and here we review the tennis players who have been able to stay with at least one set against No. 3 in the world in French brick dust:
The first tennis player to win a set to the manacorí it was the french Sebastien Grosjean in the round of 16 of the 2005 (absolute debut of the Spanish): on that occasion, the Frenchman took the second set of the match by 6-3 but would end up yielding by 6-4, 3-6, 6-0 and 6-3. In that same, already in the semifinals, the Swiss Roger Federer he would manage to stay with the second set in his favor by 6-4 but would fall by 6-3, 4-6, 6-4 and 6-3 to advance to the final. Precisely, in that final before the Argentine Mariano Puerta, the current No. 2 in the world would lose the opening set 7-6 (6), although he would end up turning the actions, winning in four sets and lifting his first French tournament.
In the edition of 2006, the road to the title would be closer: in the third round, the local Paul-Henri Mathieu won him a set; the australian Lleyton Hewitt he did the same in the next round; and finally, Federer He won the first set 6-1 in the final that Nadal would end up winning again.
On 2007, the one born in Manacor arrived at the decisive match without giving up sets: the only one who would be able to indulge would be Your Majesty, in the second round of the decisive match that in the end he would lose.
Swedish Robin Soderling hit the ground running in 2009. In the round of 16 he gave the note and eliminated the defending champion 6-2, 6-7 (2), 6-4 and 7-6 (2). That year, Roger Federer finally managed to win his first and only French Open.
On 2011, The King of Dust appeared to be in check when on debut, the giant John isner He played a great match and won two sets, although the Spanish would end up winning the match (6-4, 6-7 (2), 6-7 (2), 6-2 and 6-4) and advancing to the round. In that edition, the manacorí would not lose any set again until the final, where Federer would win the third sleeve but he would finally lose.
Novak Djokovic was the only tennis player to snatch a set from him in 2012. It was the third set in the final that would end in favor of the manacorí by 6-4, 6-3, 2-6 and 7-5.
Already in the 2013, Daniel Brands (first round) and Martin Klizan (second round), they won a set each. Also, in the tournament semis, Djokovic He would show all his credentials again, although Nadal would end up beating 6-4, 3-6, 6-1, 6-7 (3) and 9-7.
His compatriot David Ferrer in the quarterfinals and Djokovic in the 2014 final they were the only ones to win a set from him in the 2014 tournament.
In the 2015. another shock came: first, the American Jack sock He won the third set in their corresponding duel for the round of 16. Later, Djokovic would achieve the feat and sweep him 7-5, 6-3 and 6-1.
In the quarterfinals of 2018, justly Diego schwartzman would have the luxury of being the only player to win a set against the Fiera. Although it would be the European who stays with the game 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 and 6-2.
Finally, in the 2019 edition lost only two sets on his way to a new coronation: Belgian David Goffin he took away the third set of their duel for the third round, and the Austrian Dominic Thiem he stayed with the second round in the final although the manacorí would end up lifting the trophy after beating it 6-3, 5-7, 6-1 and 6-1.
Total, only 15 players have been able to win at least one set the 13-time Roland Garros winner. From them, Novak Djokovic (7 sets) is the tennis player more success he has had before a winner of 20 Grand Slam.