Rafael Nadal French Open: Rafael Nadal drops set beats Schwartzman to reach French Open SF; French Open: Rafael Nadal reached the semi-finals for the 14th time, for the first time since 1978

Rafael Nadal French Open: Rafael Nadal drops set beats Schwartzman to reach French Open SF; French Open: Rafael Nadal reached the semi-finals for the 14th time, for the first time since 1978

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Rafael Nadal lost the first set at this year’s French Open but managed to reach the semi-finals for a record 14th time. Thirteen-time French Open champion Nadal beat 10th seed Diego Schwartzman of Argentina 6-3, 4-6, 6-4, 6-0. Nadal trailed 4-3 in the third set but won nine games in a row to win the match. He will now face top seed Novak Djokovic or ninth seed Matteo Berettini.

The second semi-final will be between world No. 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas and sixth-ranked Alexander Zverev. Nadal, who turns 35 next week, has a record of 105-2 at Roland Garros. Earlier in the women’s section, Maria Sakkari broke defending champion Inga Sviatec’s 11-match and 22-set winning campaign at the French Open to enter the semi-finals of a Grand Slam for the first time.

Sakkari, seeded 17th, defeated Sviatec 6-4, 6-4. His reaching the last four ensured that someone would become a new Grand Slam champion in this claycourt tournament. In the semi-finals, all four women have reached the last four of a Grand Slam for the first time. This is only the second time this has happened in the era of professional tennis.

Earlier in the semi-finals of the 1978 Australian Open, all players had reached the last four for the first time. Sakkari will face unseeded Barbora Krasikova while Anastasia P will face Tamara Zidansek. Barbora defeated 17-year-old Coco Gou 7-6, 6-3.

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