Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman Tennis Prediction
Rafael Nadal recovered from a break deficit in the first and third set against Maximilian Marterer to register his fourth straight-set win of the fortnight, 6-3 6-2 7-6. With this win, the Spaniard improved his Roland Garros record to 83-2 (excluding retirements), with those two defeats coming against Robin Soderling and Novak Djokovic.
The win against Maximilian Marterer was Rafael Nadal’s 900th win of his career. He is only the fifth player in the Open era to have achieved this feat, after Jimmy Connors, Roger Federer, Ivan Lendl and Guillermo Vilas.
The world #1’s recent loss in a completed match here at the French Open came in the quarterfinal stage, against Novak Djokovic in 2015. On the positive side, that was also the last time he lost a grand slam quarterfinal match (won four QFs since then).
Rafael Nadal is currently going through a nine-match unbeaten streak including the title-winning run at the Rome Masters two weeks back. Earlier in the season, he was on a 21-match winning streak on clay, which earned him his 11th title at Monte Carlo and Barcelona. He is now bidding to win his 11th title at the French Open as well.
Diego Schwartzman put in a heroic performance to stun Kevin Anderson after fighting back from 1-6 2-6 *3-5. The Argentinian faces a massive test in the quarterfinal as Rafael Nadal is yet to lose a set in the French Open since 2015.
“I know it’s Nadal’s second home, and it’s going to be a really tough match. I need to recover well because against him I need to run a lot and do my best.” – Schwartzman ahead of facing Nadal in the quarterfinal.
Diego Schwartzman’s only previous quarterfinal appearance in a grand slam came against a Spaniard (Pablo Carreno Busta) at the US Open last season, and he ended up losing in straight sets, 4-6 4-6 2-6.
Rafael Nadal leads the H2H 5-0, including winning their recent meeting in the Madrid Masters last month. The Spaniard will once again start as the overwhelming favorite, but looking at his performances against Simone Bolelli and Maximilian Marterer in the earlier rounds, expect Diego Schwartzman to put in a better show than what he managed in Madrid.
Tennis Prediction: Over 25.5 Games