Rafael Nadal on the verge of making major tennis history with French Open appearance
Spanish tennis star Rafael Nadal is back in the French Open final, and he has a chance to make history in the process.
Nadal is in pursuit of his 20th Grand Slam title, which would tie him with Roger Federer for the most men’s singles championships in history.
The 34-year-old easily defeated Diego Schwartzman in the semifinals, winning in straight sets. He also got his revenge on Schwartzman after the latter beat Nadal in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open last month.
Nadal said he made the necessary adjustments to earn the victory over Schwartzman this time around:
“In Rome I didn’t play my best and he played, I think, well,” Nadal said, via Christopher Clarey of the New York Times. “Of course we took a look at that match, and the things that didn’t work and the things we needed to change. Tried to make that happen, and today it worked, so I’m really happy for that.”
Nadal will face the winner of Friday’s semifinal between world No. 1 Novak Djokovic and Greek youngster Stefanos Tsitsipas.
The clay courts have been the Spanish star’s personal sanctuary throughout his tennis career. He has won 12 times at Roland Garros, including each of the past three tournaments.
It would be fitting for Nadal to be matched up with Djokovic. The two stars–along with Federer–have defined men’s tennis for well over a decade, and both players are hoping to finish their respective careers with the most Grand Slams in history.
In any case, Nadal will have the opportunity to tie Federer this weekend.