Rafael Nadal completes comeback job against Diego Schwartzman

French Open

Rafael Nadal made light work of Diego Schwartzman on Thursday to reach the French Open semi-final.

Schwartzman was the early aggressor when their quarter-final started on Wednesday afternoon, but Nadal eventually found his rhythm and was in complete charge on Thursday.

Eleventh-seeded Schwartzman achieved something that very few players have done at Roland Garros: take a set off Nadal.

The Argentine won it 6-4 to end the 16-time Grand Slam winner’s run of winning 37 consecutive completed sets at the French Open, but the Spaniard was leading 5-3 in the second set when play was called off due to rain.

However, when play resumed the following day, it was one-way traffic as Nadal took the second set and then won the next two for a 4-6, 6-3, 6-2, 6-2 victory in three hours and 45 minutes.

Having struggled on his serve in the first two sets, Nadal was more assured in the second and third sets and rarely gave Schwartzman a look-in.

The Argentine, meanwhile, was broken twice in the third and fourth sets and, although he fashioned a couple of break points in the final game, the Spaniard won on his third match point.
Nadal will face either third seed Marin Cilic or the fifth-ranked Juan Martin del Potro in the last four.

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