Rafael Nadal will compete in his 15th Roland Garros quarter-final against Diego Schwartzman on Wednesday. The Spaniard seeks the 14th crown in Paris and the record-breaking 21st Major, hoping to pass Roger Federer and stand alone at the top.
Since the final in 2019, Nadal has won 35 consecutive sets in Paris, looking for more of the same against Diego Schwartzman in the quarters on Wednesday. In the previous rounds, Nadal defeated Alexei Popyrin, Richard Gasquet, Cameron Norrie and Janiik Sinner, trailing against the youngsters but finding his best tennis when it mattered the most to find himself in the last eight without losing a set.
However, Rafa understands that he has to fix his second serve against Schwartzman to remain competitive, losing serve eight times so far and hoping to improve that. Nadal got broken four times against Jannik Sinner, trailing in the opener before winning seven straight games for a 7-5, 4-0 lead.
Jannik bounced back in set number two to almost erase the deficit before Rafa raised his level to dominate in the rest of the clash.
Rafael Nadal had to work on his second serve ahead of the Diego Schwartzman clash.
"I had a mental drop at 4-0 in the second set.
Still, I recovered my game from the eighth game and never looked back, earning a bagel in the third. I have to find a solution for certain problems, even though I made a strong finish against Jannik. I can't lose that many games in a row and have to be more aggressive in those moments and get back as soon as possible.
We are in the final stages of the event, and it's essential to play well from start to finish without oscillations. I have done many good things in the past couple of weeks, starting from winning Rome. Still, I lack focus at some points, but besides that, I think I have played well.
Jannik Sinner is a tough opponent, and I beat him in straight sets. Now comes Diego Schwartzman, who is a very challenging rival. He is motivated to show his best tennis after a rough period. I'm not pleased with my second serve here in Paris, and we have to work on that.
I don't think the problem is in a service motion; I'm just not relaxed enough and will try to fix that," Rafael Nadal said.