Nadal learned from loss to Schwartzman at Rome, says Moya

Diego Schwartzman had beaten Rafael Nadal in Rome last month and the Spaniard's coach Carlos Moya says Nadal has learnt from that defeat.

Rafael Nadal

Twelve-time French Open Rafael Nadal has only lost two matches at Roland Garros out of the 100 he has played.   -  Getty Images

Rafael Nadal will be a tougher proposition for Diego Schwartzman than he was in Rome last month when they meet in the French Open semifinal on Thursday, says the Spaniard's coach Carlos Moya.

Twelve-time French Open champion Nadal was surprisingly beaten 6-2, 7-5 by the Argentine in the Rome quarters. It was Schwartzman's first win over the Spaniard in 10 meetings and it was Nadal's first tournament in seven months.

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Now back in his element, Nadal has progressed to the semifinal at Roland Garros without dropping a set, although he was pushed hard in the early stages of his match against Jannick Sinner on Tuesday.

Schwartzman is through to his first Grand Slam semifinal after a five-hour victory over US Open winner Dominic Thiem.

“The match in Rome was very strange because Rafa won two very good matches against powerful opponents,” Moya told Eurosport.

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“Against Schwartzman it was the first time that he had problems in the score and he did not manage it totally well on a physical or mental level.

“We learned from that moment and now he is at a great level with many more games played. It will be a tough mental battle and I think we have some weapons that will allow Rafa to compete with guarantees,” he added.

Diego Schwartzman

Diego Schwartzman celebrates his win over Dominic Thiem.   -  Getty Images


Nadal will be the overwhelming favourite to avenge that Rome loss, although Moya says Schwartzman will provide a tough challenge and will not be affected by his attritional battle with Thiem.

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“It will be a very difficult duel as we saw in Rome. Diego's match against Thiem yesterday was incredible and I think even Diego could have won more easily,” Moya said.

“Diego is an incredible player and we don't think that the physical factor is going to influence too much,” he added.

Nadal has only lost two matches at Roland Garros out of the 100 he has played.

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