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Nadal downs Schwartz­man to reach 13th French Open fi­nal

- Sports · Tennis · Rafael Nadal · Diego Schwartzman · Rome · Roger Federer

Rafael Nadal moved within one win of a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam ti­tle by reach­ing the French Open fi­nal with a com­fort­able 6-3, 6-3, 7-6(0) vic­tory over Diego Schwartz­man on Fri­day.

Nadal was beaten by the 12th seed a lit­tle over two weeks ago on the clay­courts in Rome but the 12-time French Open cham­pion showed he was still the undis­puted king of Roland Gar­ros as he notched up a 10th win in 11 meet­ings over the Ar­gen­tine.

A vic­tory on Sun­day for the 34-yearold left-han­der will tie him with Roger Fed­erer’s men’s sin­gles record of 20 ma­jor ti­tles. The Spa­niard reached his 13th French Open fi­nal with­out drop­ping a set in this year’s edi­tion.

Schwartz­man, play­ing his first Grand Slam semi-fi­nal, had two break­points in the open­ing game but Nadal saved both to win the game af­ter bat­tling for 14 minutes.

The Spa­niard went on to break the Ar­gen­tine twice in each of the first two sets.

The duo traded dou­ble ser­vice breaks in the third set be­fore Nadal aced the tiebreak with­out los­ing a point. Schwartz­man found the net with a re­turn to hand Nadal vic­tory in three hours and nine minutes.

 ??  ?? Spain’s Rafael Nadal cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning his semi fi­nal match against Ar­gentina’s Diego Schwartz­man
Spain’s Rafael Nadal cel­e­brates af­ter win­ning his semi fi­nal match against Ar­gentina’s Diego Schwartz­man

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