French Open 2018 – Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman Preview

AT A GLANCE

Where is Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman taking place? Court Philippe Chatrier, Roland-Garros, Paris

When is Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman on and what time does it start? Wednesday 6th June, 2018 - (not before) 14:15 (UK)

What channel is Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman on? ITV4 and Eurosport 1/2 (UK)

Where can I stream Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman? The match can be streamed free via the ITV Player or those with a relevant subscription can stream the match via the Eurosport Player

Where can I get tickets for Rafael Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman? https://tickets.rolandgarros.com/en/home

THE LOWDOWN

RAFAEL NADAL

  • Nadal continued his progress with a straight sets win over Maximilian Marterer in the fourth round, although the score perhaps doesn't tell the full story as Nadal was put through his paces by the German.
  • Having said that, the reigning champion has yet to drop a set in this year's tournament which means he has now won his last 13 French Open matches in straight sets.
  • The Spaniard has won all five of his meetings with Schwartzman with two of those coming this year - the Australian Open in January and the Madrid Masters just last month.

DIEGO SCHWARTZMAN

  • Schwartzman showed tremendous fighting spirit to beat Kevin Anderson in five sets on Monday. The Argentine lost the first two sets 1-6, 2-6 before rallying to reach his first French Open quarter-final.
  • Although never having managed to beat Nadal, Schwartzman did take a set off the 16-time Grand Slam winner for the first time in his career when they faced off at this year's Australian Open.
  • Schwartzman has been training with Nadal at the Spaniard's Majorca academy this year and he has stated that he will try and make the most of the tips he has picked up there in this match.

THE STATISTICS

THE PREDICTION

Although Nadal has won every set he has played at Roland-Garros this year, he has in fact had to dig deep against some inspired opponents but that will only serve him well as we reach the business end of the competition. The diminutive Schwartzman can give Nadal another stern test but - as has been the case so often here - the reigning champion will find a way to progress at his favourite tournament.

Nadal beat Schwartzman in straight sets on the clay in Madrid last month, and that seems the most likely outcome here.