Rafael Nadal has the opportunity to avenge his only defeat in 10 meetings with Diego Schwartzman when the pair meet in the semi-finals of the French Open. Two weeks ago at the Italian Open, the Argentine came out on top in what was Nadal’s first first tournament in seven months following the shutdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Spaniard, who is bidding to equal Roger Federer’s tally of 20 Grand Slam titles, has only ever lost two matches at the claycourt major – to Robin Soderling and Novak Djokovic – and is yet to drop a set en route to the semi-finals this year.
“He’s coming with big confidence,” Nadal said of Schwartzman, who is seeded 12th at Roland Garros.
“Two weeks in a row… He’s in the final in Rome, he’s in the semi-finals here. He beat me there. It’s a plus of confidence for him. I know that.
“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.”
What time does Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman start?
The French Open match is scheduled to start at 1.50pm BST this afternoon.
What TV channel is Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman on?
Fans can watch live coverage of the action on ITV4 throughout the UK.
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Additional coverage will be available on Eurosport, which is available with Sky, Virgin and BT subscriptions.
How to live stream Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman?
French Open live streaming is available for free via the ITV Hub app.
Another way to stream the Grand Slam is by using the Eurosport Player.
You can get a seven-day free trial for the Eurosport Player when signing up and watching through Amazon Prime, which also offers a 30-day free trial for new subscribers.
Selected UK betting companies will also a live stream of the match for free on their platforms.
Schwartzman reached his maiden Grand Slam semi-final after a five-hour victory over US Open champion Dominic Thiem, who lost the two previous Roland Garros finals to Nadal.
But the 12th seeded Argentine wasn’t sure whether his recent win in Rome would mean anything ahead of today’s clash on Court Philippe Chatrier.
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“If I see the history, I’m 10-1 down. I’m not sure if I’m going to have a lot of confidence,” he said.
“But I know this week that I can beat him. That’s the important thing.”
Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman latest odds
(Odds from thepools.com)
Rafael Nadal – 2/15
Diego Schwartzman – 9/2
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