Iga Swiatek gets real on Rafael Nadal comparison at French Open

Swiatek addresses being compared to Nadal ahead of a match that could land her her fourth French Open title.

by Dzevad Mesic
Iga Swiatek gets real on Rafael Nadal comparison at French Open
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Iga Swiatek has once again refused to compare herself to Rafael Nadal at Roland Garros as the Pole stated that the Spaniard is "above everybody" at the French Open. 

On Thursday, world No. 1 Swiatek saw off third-seeded Coco Gauff 6-2 6-4 to make her fourth French Open final. 

Swiatek - who turned 23 on May 31st - will have a chance to make it four out of four in her finals at Roland Garros when she meets Jasmine Paolini on Saturday. Previously, Swiatek made it all the way at Roland Garros in 2020, 2022, and 2023. Also if Swiatek wins this year's French Open final, she will have four titles in six appearances at Roland Garros.

When it comes to Nadal - who is a record 14-time French Open champion - he won titles at Roland Garros in five of his six first appearances at Roland Garros. 

Swiatek on being compared to Nadal at the French Open 

“We will see in 14 years if the journey is similar, I mean it's obviously very nice to me. I would never expect anyone to compare me to Rafa because for me he is above everybody and he is a total legend. We will see in a couple of years, but I am proud of myself that I am playing consistently here and that I'm mentioned in the same sentence as Rafa. That's cool,” Swiatek explained.

Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal
Iga Swiatek and Rafael Nadal © Getty Images Sport - Jamie Squire

Early in the tournament, Swiatek survived a major scare when Naomi Osaka had a 5-2 lead and a match point in their second-round meeting. But since then, Swiatek has been pretty untouchable as she has dropped just 14 games in her last four matches played.

With that being said, Swiatek enters the Paolini final as the absolute favorite despite the 12th-seeded Italian playing the tennis of her life. 

It remains to be seen if Swiatek can win her fourth French Open title on Saturday and also her fifth Grand Slam title.

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