Rafael Nadal wary of Diego Schwartzman threat ahead of their French Open clash



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Rafael Nadal wary of Diego Schwartzman threat ahead of their French Open clash

After progressing into the French Open quarterfinal, world No. 2 Rafael Nadal acknowledged the conditions are tough at Roland Garros and finishing the match at 01:30 in the morning doesn't help. Nadal and Jannik Sinner started the match around 10:30 pm on Tuesday night but there were up upsets on the court as the Spaniard won 7-6 (4) 6-4 6-1.

"The problem is the weather," Nadal said, per Max Gao. "Having 2 days in the middle [between matches] is not a big deal. Of course, is not ideal finish, a match at 1:30 in the morning. But the problem is the weather.

Is too cold to play. Honestly, is very, very cold to play tennis, no? "I know football players plays under these conditions, but is little bit different. They are all the time moving. We stop, we come back, we stop on the changeovers.

It is a sport that you are stopped in a lot of moments, no?” 19-time Grand Slam champion Nadal suggested those conditions were dangerous for a players body. "I think is little bit dangerous for the body play with these very heavy conditions.

But that’s what happened today. I really don’t know why they put five matches on the Chatrier today. That was a risk," Nadal noted. "I saw immediately yesterday when they send me the schedule because there is a chance there is a couple of long matches.

That’s what happened. Little bit unlucky, of course. For me, I just tried to be patient, accept everything, & be in a positive shape."

Nadal not taking Diego Schwartzman for granted

In his first tournament since the season restart, Nadal lost to Schwartzman in the Rome Masters quarterfinal.

On Tuesday, Schwartzman edged out No. 3 seed Dominic Thiem in five sets to set up a French Open semifinal against Nadal. "Of course, is a challenge. When you lost to somebody, is because he’s playing well. Today he played an amazing match against one of the best players of the world, without a doubt, especially on this surface," Nadal said of facing Schwartzman.

"I’m going to try to go on court, play my best, try to play my game, play aggressive, try to do something a little bit different than what I did in Rome, of course. Hope to be ready to play my best. That’s what I need. I going to give my best until the end."