Rafael Nadal’s French Open set streak is over. His pursuit of a record-breaking 21st Grand Slam title — together with 14 at Roland Garros — stays very a lot intact.
Nadal shrugged off dropping a set in Paris for the primary time in two years and regained management Wednesday, whipping violent forehands punctuated with first pumps and yells of “Vamos!” en path to a 6-Three, Four-6, 6-Four, 6-Zero victory over 10th-seeded Diego Schwartzman to succeed in the semifinals on the clay-court main match.
After taking the final 9 video games towards Schwartzman, No. Three seed Nadal will play in Friday’s semifinals towards both No. 1 Novak Djokovic, in what could be a rematch of final yr’s closing and their 58th assembly wherever, or No. 9 Matteo Berrettini. The Djokovic-Berrettini quarterfinal was scheduled for Wednesday night time.
The opposite males’s semifinal will probably be No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas vs. No. 6 Alexander Zverev.
Nadal, who turned 35 final week, is now 105-2 for his profession at Roland Garros.
He’s simply two wins from eclipsing the lads’s mark for many whole Grand Slam singles championships that he presently shares with Roger Federer.
Along with his 13 trophies at Roland Garros — 4 in a row from 2005-08, 5 in a row from 2010-14 and one other 4 in a row to this point since 2017 — the Spanish left-hander received 4 titles on the U.S. Open, two at Wimbledon and one on the Australian Open.
There are 4 first-time Grand Slam semifinalists left within the ladies’s bracket, one thing that final occurred on the 1978 Australian Open.
In Wednesday’s quarterfinals, No. 17 seed Maria Sakkari ended Iga Swiatek’s title protection by beating her 6-Four, 6-Four, and unseeded Barbora Krejcikova stopped the run of 17-year-old Coco Gauff 7-6 (6), 6-Three. So Sakkari faces Krejcikova on Thursday, when the opposite semifinal will probably be No. 31 Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova towards unseeded Tamara Zidansek.
Nadal entered his quarterfinal with a 35-set run at Roland Garros that started throughout the 2019 closing. That grew to 36 on Wednesday, earlier than Schwartzman outplayed him for a stretch, surprisingly successful extra of their exchanges that lasted not less than 9 strokes.
Ah, however what issues is who wins the match, and Nadal asserted himself shortly after Schwartzman was forward Four-Three within the third.
Nadal wouldn’t drop one other recreation, breaking to go up 5-Four, earlier than holding at like to take the third set. Then he broke once more to open the fourth and actually take away any remaining sense of suspense.
Schwartzman — now 1-11 towards Nadal, together with a loss within the 2020 French Open semifinals — began muttering to himself and bounced his racket off the clay a second earlier than getting damaged once more to path Three-Zero in fourth.