Paris (AP) – With the 98th victory in his 100th French Open match, Rafael Nadal has reached the semi-finals of Roland Garros. The 34-year-old tennis professional from Spain decided the quarter-final match with 19-year-old Italian Jannik Sinner 7: 6 (7: 4), 6: 4, 6: 1.
Sinner had beaten Alexander Zverev from Hamburg in the round of 16. Twelve-time French Open champion Nadal will face Diego Schwartzman on Friday in the battle for a final place.
The 28-year-old Argentinian defeated US Open winner Dominic Thiem from Austria in five sets and is in the semi-finals of a Grand Slam tournament for the first time. After a first-class and spectacular match, the number 14 in the world turned around. his first match ball against the number three in the world after exactly 5:08 p.m. Surprisingly, Nadal had lost against Schwartzman in the quarter-finals at the Masters Series tournament in Rome.
“It was a real rollercoaster ride. Of course I feel bad and empty now, but I have little to blame,” said Thiem, who warmly and honestly congratulated his only 1.70 meter tall opponent and exchanged a few words with him. ‘I am happy for him. Losing to a friend hurts a little less, ”said Thiem. Because the match lasted so long and a women’s match was scheduled afterwards, the long-awaited meeting between Nadal and Sinner did not start until shortly after 10.30 pm.
Polish Iga Swiatek beat Italy’s Martina Trevisan 6: 3, 6: 1. She now plays Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska, who defeated third-seeded Ukrainian Jelina Switolina. It’s the first Grand Slam semifinal for Podoroska and Swiatek.
Since this year, the largest stadium of the French Open, the Court Philippe Chatrier, has a roof and floodlights so that it can still be played in the rain and in the dark.
Two days after his victory over the sick Zverev, Sinner initially turned out to be an eye-level opponent for the defending champion. At 6: 5 he managed to take a break in the first set, but Nadal immediately countered with a re-break. The left-handed from Mallorca decided the tiebreak for himself, Sinner had to be treated after the first round and took a medical break. Nadal kept getting stronger and used his first match ball at 1.26am to win.
The second in the world rankings, who recently renounced a trip to the US Open as defending champions, is now nearing his 20th Grand Slam title. With that he would overtake the Swiss Roger Federer. The other semi-finalists will be determined on Wednesday. The Greek Stefanos Tsitsipas and Andrej Rubljow from Russia as well as the world’s number one Novak Djokovic from Serbia and the Spaniard Pablo Carreño Busta meet each other.