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Rafael Nadal responds to rare drop of set to reach French Open semi-finals

Rafael Nadal of Spain celebrates after victory in his Quarter Final match against Diego Schwartzman of Argentina during day eleven of the 2021 French Open at Roland Garros on June 09, 2021 in Paris, France. (Photo by Tnani Badreddine/Quality Sport Images/Getty Images)

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Rafael Nadal lost a set at Roland Garros for the first time since 2019 but beat Diego Schwartzman and reach a 14th French Open semi-final. The 35-year-old extended his unbeaten run of matches at Roland Garros to 35 with a 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-0 victory, and the bad news for the rest of the men’s draw is Nadal has never lost on the Parisian clay once he has reached the last four.

“Diego is such an amazing player with so much talent and I respect him so much; today was a very difficult challenge. To play in front of you where I have so much history is very special for me,” Nadal reflected in his post-match address to the crowd.

“We know each other well, I started bad the second set and then was able to come back, but then the game at 4-4, returning with the wind helping, I played a bad game and had a tricky situation serving to not lose the set.

“Well done to him, he played well. I needed to play a little bit more aggressive and I think I did later, so I am very happy for that.”

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