13-time French Open champion Rafael Nadal plays Argentine veteran Diego Schwartzman in the quarter-finals of the 2021 French Open on Wednesday, June 9. Get the live streaming options of this Rafael Nadal v Diego Schwartzman match along with its preview, head to head, and tips here.
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Rafael Nadal v Diego Schwartzman Head to Head
The players have met 11 times, with Nadal leading the head-to-head 10-1. Schwartzman’s only win was at the Rome Masters in 2020. They last met at the 2020 French Open semi-finals where Nadal prevailed in straight sets.
Nadal Continues Dominance at Roland Garros
Rafa Nadal continued his dominance at Roland Garros improving to 104-2 for his win-loss record and making a Roland Garros quarter-final for the 15th time.
Seeking a record breaking 14th French Open title and a 21st Grand Slam title, Nadal looked strong right from his opening match apart from a small blip there where he saved set-point in the third set.
The number three seed continued the dominance in the second round bettering his head-to-head against Richard Gasquet to 17-0 winning 31 sets in a row against the Frenchman spanning 13 years. And into the third it was a dominating 6-3,6-3,6-3 win for the Spaniard.
One wondered if the up and coming Jannik Sinner, teenage glory from Italy, would have answers for Nadal. Serving for the first set at 5-4 was Sinner’s best chance but double breaks to help Nadal clinch the opener 7-5 was followed by a steamrolling 6-3, 6-2 next two sets as we got one match closer to the all-anticipated Nadal-Djokovic semi-final contest.
Nadal has now won 35 straight sets at Roland Garros with the last set he lost being to Dominic Thiem at the 2019 French Open final.
Another French Open Quarter-Final For Schwartzman
The shorter 2020 season was an impressive one for Diego Schwartzman who reached a career ranking of number nine in the world and made his first ever ATP Tour Finals. He defeated Rafa Nadal for the first time in his career and made the final four at the French Open, his best Grand Slam result.
2021 did not keep up the tempo from 2020 for the Argentine. He split a 1-1 record at the ATP Cup and bowed in at the round of 32 at the Aussie Open at the hands of Aslan Karatsev, but hoped for better results heading into his favored surface, i.e. clay.
Schwartzman returned to clay looking to put up a good run of form and rekindle the form from last season. He was in for a surprise loss at the Cordoba Open, but clinched the title at Buenos Aires thereafter.
With the clay season now well and truly underway, Schwartzman was hoping to start on a strong footing but was not the best of runs. Apart from a quarter-final showing at Barcelona, it was first round losses at Monte Carlo, Madrid, Rome, and Lyon which was not the best of build-up for the Argentine for Roland Garros.
The Argentine has surprised himself and all, in part aided by a favorable draw here at the French Open and progressed to the quarter-finals without dropping a set. Up against German veterans who had pulled off upsets earlier in the tournaments, Philip Kohlschreiber ( defeated Karatsev) and Jan-Lennard Struff (defeated Rublev), Schwartzman displayed his clay skills and prevailed seamlessly.
Nadal v Schwartzman Prediction and Tip
The players would have met a dozen times after this match and that makes it a very familiar opponent for Nadal. The matchup has been one way traffic for Nadal, and despite the grit and determination of Schwartzman, it will be so yet again.
Nadal to win in straight sets.