Diego Schwartzman couldn’t beat Rafael Nadal at the last year’s Roland Garros, but at least he was the only rival who kept the mighty Spaniard on the court for over three hours. Praising his friend and a great rival, Diego said that it wouldn’t be easy for anyone to claim the Roland Garros crown as long Rafa plays in Paris, honoring his achievements in the French capital and 13 titles. At 34, Nadal stormed over the rest of the field in Paris in October, overcoming difficult conditions and seven opponents in straight sets to extend his Roland Garros reign and lift the 13th trophy from 16 trips to Paris!
Rafa and Diego met in the semi-final and the Argentine gave his best to stay in touch with the most formidable opponent and show his skills in the first Major semi-final. They remained on the court for three hours and nine minutes, and Rafa scored a 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 triumph en route to his 13th Roland Garros final. Diego bounced back in the third set, but it wasn’t enough to bring it home, as Nadal claimed it 7-0 in the tie break to seal the deal and move a step closer towards the title.
Diego Schwartzman praised Rafael Nadal’s Roland Garros achievements.
“I spent years of my childhood sneaking in to watch the Buenos Aires tournament because I didn’t have money. My dad would always do something so that I could get in, sometimes I would go with my rackets to train, and I would stay all day watching the tournament. To have been able to win this tournament is a dream come true. My favorite tournament is Roland Garros, I’ve had some good results there, but I find it difficult to win as long as Rafa lives. Sometimes I watch Rafa videos, and it seems to me that he has weaknesses and that I can beat him. But you see him training; he is a beast on the practice court. You are scared to see him in practice, as his ball doubles yours.
The most incredible thing is to know how the three of them want to continue to improve; they work to reinvent themselves and incorporate new things into their tennis. Nadal’s Parisian record is a good thing for tennis; I see him dominating Roland Garros for a couple of more years,” Diego Schwartzman said.