Factbox: Diego Schwartzman v Rafa Nadal


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  • Thursday, 08 Oct 2020

Oct 6, 2020; Paris, France; Rafael Nadal (ESP) in action during his match against Jannik Sinner (ITA) on day 10 at Stade Roland Garros. Mandatory Credit: Susan Mullane-USA TODAY Sports

(Reuters) - A look at the key facts and records of Argentine Diego Schwartzman and Spaniard Rafa Nadal before their French Open semi-final on Friday (prefix number denotes seeding):

12-DIEGO SCHWARTZMAN

Age: 28

ATP ranking: 14 (Highest: 11)

Grand Slam titles: 0

Career ATP titles: 3

2019 French Open performance: Second round

Best French Open performance: Semi-finals (2020)

ROAD TO SEMI-FINAL

First round: Miomir Kecmanovic (Serbia) 6-0 6-1 6-3

Second round: Lorenzo Giustino (Italy) 6-1 7-5 6-0

Third round: Norbert Gombos (Slovakia) 7-6(3) 6-3 6-3

Fourth round: Lorenzo Sonego (Italy) 6-1 6-3 6-4

Quarter-finals: Dominic Thiem (Austria) 7-6(1) 5-7 6-7(6) 7-6(5) 6-2

Italian Open runner-up Schwartzman has continued where he left off in Rome, dropping only two sets en route to the last four in Paris.

Schwartzman outlasted Dominic Thiem in a brutal five-setter to reach his maiden French Open semi-final.

The Argentine will have his work cut out against Nadal, who has beaten him in nine of their 10 meetings.

2-RAFA NADAL

Age: 34

ATP ranking: 2 (Highest ranking: 1)

Grand Slam titles: 19 (Australian Open 2009; French Open 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019; Wimbledon 2008, 2010; U.S. Open 2010, 2013, 2017, 2019)

Career ATP titles: 85

2019 French Open performance: Winner

Best French Open performance: Winner (2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2017, 2018, 2019)

ROAD TO SEMI-FINAL

First round: Egor Gerasimov (Belarus) 6-4 6-4 6-2

Second round: Mackenzie McDonald (U.S.) 6-1 6-0 6-3

Third round: Stefano Travaglia (Italy) 6-1 6-4 6-0

Fourth round: Sebastian Korda (U.S.) 6-1 6-1 6-2

Quarter-finals: Jannik Sinner (Italy) 7-6(4) 6-4 6-1

Nadal, bidding for a record-equalling 20th major, is yet to drop a set in Paris this year.

The Spaniard faced his first real test in the quarter-finals against Italian teenager Jannik Sinner but came through unscathed, rallying from a break down in the first two sets to seal a straight-sets victory.

Standing between Nadal and a record-extending 13th French Open final is Schwartzman, who defeated the Spaniard in the Italian Open quarter-finals last month.

HEAD-TO-HEAD: Nadal leads 9-1

2020 Schwartzman d Nadal 6-2 7-5 (Rome, clay)

2019 Nadal d Schwartzman 6-1 6-2 (Davis Cup, hard)

2019 Nadal d Schwartzman 6-4 7-5 6-2 (U.S. Open, hard)

2019 Nadal d Schwartzman 6-3 6-1 (Indian Wells, hard)

2018 Nadal d Schwartzman 4-6 6-3 6-2 6-2 (French Open, clay)

2018 Nadal d Schwartzman 6-3 6-4 (Madrid, clay)

2018 Nadal d Schwartzman 6-3 6-7(4) 6-3 6-3 (Australian Open, hard)

2017 Nadal d Schwartzman 6-4 6-4 (Monte Carlo, clay)

2015 Nadal d Schwartzman 7-6(5) 6-3 7-5 (U.S. Open, hard)

2013 Nadal d Schwartzman 6-2 6-2 (Acapulco, clay)

(Compiled by Arvind Sriram in Bengaluru; Editing by Toby Davis)

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