Roland-Garros: Nadal – Schwartzman revenge, a first for Djokovic and Tsitsipas in Grand Slam, the ‘set to follow’ of the 13th day

There will be a show this Friday on Central Court, with the men’s semi-finals. At the opening, from 2:50 p.m., Diego Schwartzman will challenge the undisputed king of Roland-Garros, 12 times Porte d’Auteuil champion, Rafael Nadal. In the second rotation, Novak Djokovic and Stefanos Tsitsipas will meet for the first time in their career in a Grand Slam tournament. On the women’s doubles side, Kristina Mladenovic will try to qualify for her second consecutive final with her partner Tímea Babos. In the other half, Iga Swiatek, qualified for the singles final, wants to achieve the double. Here is the selection of matches not to be missed for the 13th day of this 2020 edition.

Rafael Nadal for revenge against Diego Schwartzman

The last time that Rafael Nadal and Diego schwartzman met face to face, that was three weeks ago, at the tournament in Rome. The duel had turned in favor of the Argentine, 14th in the world. But if this defeat of the ogre of the clay was worrying on the eve of Roland Garros, other statistics are reassuring. In 10 confrontations, including a Porte d’Auteuil in 2018, the Spaniard has won nine times. Rafael Nadal will probably be keen to take his revenge, especially here at Roland Garros, his second home as he dominates the tournament.

However, the Mallorcan could well be in difficulty during this semi-final. Diego Schwartzman, confident after their last duel on clay and strong from his marathon match against Dominic thiem (more than 5 hours of play and five sets) could disrupt the world number 2, provided that the two days of rest allowed him to recover enough to face “Rafa”. The latter has never been really worried since the start of the tournament. He has indeed lost no set and has even conceded only 34 games in all of his matches.

Djokovic-Tsitsipas, for a Grand Slam first

They will face each other for the first time at Roland Garros. If the two men have already faced each other in Masters 1000 and ATP 250, they have never faced each other in Grand Slam. In five confrontations, Novak Djokovic has a little influence on Stefanos Tsitsipas, with 3 wins. This match will therefore be a great first and the match promises to be a real spectacle. Indeed, the Greek has been on a very good dynamic since the start of this Roland Garros. Apart from his first round which was complicated against the Spaniard Jaume Munar (he was led 2 sets to 0), the Greek won all his other matches in three sets, and therefore rather saved himself during his fortnight. Almost two years after the Australian Open 2019, the world number 6 has returned to the semi-finals in Grand Slam, and will discover his first Porte d’Auteuil. At 22, he became the youngest semi-finalist in Paris since Del Potro in 2009.

In good condition, he could therefore give a hard time to the world number 1, who appeared weakened on Wednesday during his match against Pablo Carreno Busta. Strapped to the neck and embarrassed on the left arm, rather amorphous in his movements and completely passive, Novak Djokovic made observers doubt when he started the match. But, the “Joker” recovered the hair of the animal and ended up being necessary to reach the last four of the tournament for the 10th time. Will he return to the Central invigorated? Answer this Friday.

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Another French hope …

There is still a hope of victory in the French ranks. The French Kristina Mladenovic is engaged in the semi-final of the double lady this Friday with her partner Tímea Babos, with whom she is the title holder. They will face number 2 seeded Czech pair Barbora Krejčíková / Kateřina Siniaková. It will be a tough fight but their title experience from last year should help them manage this game as well as possible.

Iga Swiatek is everywhere

After qualifying for the first time in her career in a Grand Slam singles final, Iga Swiatek, again she wants to smash all records. For her first participation in the double lady table, the 19-year-old Polish woman is already in the semi-final with her American partner. Nicole melichar. They will face the pair, Alexa Guarachi / Desirae Krawczyk, seeded number 14, for a place in the final. The young woman’s schedule is therefore very busy since after her doubles semi-final, she will have to play her singles final on Saturday, before playing her doubles final, if there is a qualification, on Sunday.

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