Records and statistics out the window, Nadal is concentrating on the here and now.
“Is not my mindset to come here and just thinking about lose a set going to be a disaster for me. That's part of the game. We are facing the best players of the world. The thing that matter is how you recover from a set lost,” explained the world No.3.
Nadal had won 36 successive sets at Roland-Garros until No.10 seed Schwartzman’s gallant effort in the second set ended that streak on Wednesday.
The Spaniard recovered in archetypal fashion, ramping up the aggression and intensity to snuff out any chance of a shock.
“I have been in a tricky situation, 4-3 for him in the third set, one-set-all. Then was the moment to calm myself, to think about the things that I was doing well on practices, just to try to make it happen,” he maintained.
“That was the moment to make it happen because was a tough, tough moment. I'm very proud that in that moment probably the best level of tennis that I had I showed.