“I think I played solid,” said Nadal after the match. “I played with the right determination in most of the moments of the match. Especially in the tiebreak - I finished the match playing well.”
Nadal’s body of work in Paris continues to astound, but the 2020 edition could prove to be his most significant of all, as the Spaniard has earned a chance to claim a 20th Grand Slam title, which would tie him with Roger Federer at the top of the all-time men’s singles list.
To complete the milestone trifecta, Nadal - now 99-2 lifetime at Roland-Garros - will seek to achieve his 100th career victory and 13th Roland-Garros title on Sunday.
With Friday’s success, the Spaniard improves to 28-6 in Grand Slam semi-finals overall, and remains perfect in Roland-Garros semi-finals at a sparkling 13-0.
Nadal was pushed today by first-time Grand Slam semi-finalist Schwartzman, but there would be no breakthrough from the Argentine. After falling to Schwartzman in Rome in straight sets three weeks ago, Nadal was ready for the challenge. He delivered some of his best tennis late in the third set, saving three break points at 5-5, and running through the tiebreaker unblemished to stretch his current Roland-Garros winning streak to 29.
“Rafa is Rafa,” Schwartzman said in his post-match press conference. “I think he knows how to improve. He knows how to practice, how to do everything. After Rome, he goes straight to practice. He went to improve the things that he did bad in Rome. That's why he's in the final right now.”