Rafael Nadal moved inside one win of a record-equalling 20th Grand Slam title by reaching the French Open closing with a cushty 6-Three 6-Three 7-6(0) victory over Diego Schwartzman on Friday.
Nadal was crushed by the 12th seed just a little over two weeks in the past on the clay courts in Rome however the 12-time French Open champion confirmed he was nonetheless the undisputed king of Roland Garros as he notched up a 10th win in 11 conferences over the Argentine.
“Two and a half weeks ago, I lost in Rome,” Nadal mentioned in an on-court interview.
“I’m happy the way I played, how I’ve improved, today was a very positive win for me.”
A victory on Sunday for the 34-year-old left-hander, in opposition to both world primary Novak Djokovic or fifth-seeded Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas, will tie him with Roger Federer’s males’s singles document of 20 main titles.
The Spaniard reached his 13th French Open closing with out dropping a set on this 12 months’s version.
Schwartzman, enjoying his first Grand Slam semi-final, had two breakpoints within the opening recreation however Nadal saved each to win the sport after battling for 14 minutes.
The Spaniard went on to interrupt the Argentine twice in every of the primary two units.
The duo traded double service breaks within the third set earlier than Nadal aced the tiebreak with out shedding some extent. Schwartzman discovered the online with a return at hand Nadal victory in three hours and 9 minutes.
“It’s a very difficult year, thank you everyone for coming,” mentioned Nadal, who hit 38 winners through the contest.
“With these conditions it’s very difficult, and it’s still incredible to be in the final again. Thanks to my team, my family. It’s a beautiful moment for me.”
Schwartzman had his possibilities however may convert solely three of his 12 breakpoint possibilities in opposition to the Spaniard, who raised his stage below strain.