Rafael Nadal and Diego Schwartzman will meet in the Roland Garros quarter-final on Wednesday, facing each other for the 12th time. The Argentine hadn't played well this season before Roland Garros, but he has found the form in Paris to reach the last eight without losing a set and arrange another meeting with the king of clay, just like last October.
Nadal claimed his 13th Roland Garros crown last fall, beating all rivals in straight sets but spending most of the time on the court against the Argentine in a 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 victory that required over three hours. 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.
The Argentine will give his best to prepare for another clash against the Spaniard, not thinking about the rival on the other side of the net but his game and tactics. Diego understands how important it is to make a good start against Rafa and will try to impose his strokes and become only the third player with a win over the king of clay in Paris.
Rafael Nadal will meet Diego Schwartzman in the Roland Garros quarter-final.
"I think at the beginning of every match against Rafa, you have to walk on the court thinking about winning and having opportunities. It is essential to think about something else and not about Rafa being on the other side of the net.
If you think about the four, five hours you will play and everything that Rafa has accomplished at Roland Garros, he is challenging to play against. So you have to step on the court thinking about producing your best tennis and implementing your tactics.
It's essential for all of us, even Rafa, how you will start the match; if the rival makes a strong one, it's not easy to respond. Against Rafa, you always know that he will fight and make it a difficult one for you.
Playing against Rafa in these kinds of tournaments is always a good time to understand how good you are playing; it's always a good challenge. I know we played two times here, and they were good matches; let's see what happens in this one. I have to enjoy a day off and see what happens on Wednesday," Diego Schwartzman said.