“Going to Be Sad”: Diego Schwartzman Doesn’t Want Rafael Nadal to Retire Despite Losing to Him at French Open 2021

Published 06/10/2021, 9:49 AM EDT
Tennis – French Open – Roland Garros, Paris, France – June 9, 2021 Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after losing their quarter final match REUTERS/Gonzalo Fuentes


Diego Schwartzman had a great performance against Rafael Nadal in the quarterfinals of the French Open 2021, despite only taking a set from the Spaniard and losing in four sets. Obviously, he was frustrated with the Rafa roadblock that he has had to encounter recently in Paris, and hence he was asked about what he would feel if Nadal retired.

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Diego Schwartzman shakes hands with Spain’s Rafael Nadal after losing their quarter-final match REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Since 2018, Schwartzman has been ousted from French Open by Nadal on three occasions. Last year, Schwartzman had beaten Dominic Thiem in the quarterfinals to reach his first Grand Slam semifinal at French Open 2020. However, then he lost to Nadal in straight sets. But keeping all the losses aside, the Argentine feels it will be sad when Nadal retires.

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“No, no, it’s going to be sad for everyone. But obviously, I don’t want to be in the same side of the draw next time. I think I am a very good player on clay,” Schwartzman said.

Diego Schwartzman looks dejected after losing his quarter final match against Spain’s Rafael Nadal REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

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Schwartzman gave a valiant fight to Nadal, and at one stage looked imposing on the Spaniard. Back in 2018 when they faced each other for the first time at Roland Garros, Schwartzman won the first set and in the process broke Nadal’s 38 set winning streak at Roland Garros.

And now in 2021, when he took the second set against Nadal, he broke the Spaniard’s 36 set winning streak. Hence he was disheartened and wished to be on the other side of the draw and maybe face Novak Djokovic instead.

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“I did great tournaments here in Paris but always losing against Rafa in the last few years. Semifinal, two times quarters, I want to play maybe Nole (Novak Djokovic) next time, but no Rafa. It’s difficult, I did great matches, always close the last few matches but at the end, he is winning so next time we will see.”

Schwartzman is a good clay-court player. He has won three titles on clay in six finals. It is his misfortune and pure coincidence that he faced Nadal early at Roland Garros in the past few years.

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Bhavishya Mittal

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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