Rafael Nadal: ‘I made some mistakes but another Roland Garros final is a beautiful moment for me’

Rafael Nadal admitted he ‘made some mistakes’ against Diego Schwartzman in the Roland Garros semi-final, but he says the win was a ‘beautiful moment’ for him.

Nadal extended his Roland Garros record to an incredible 99-2 to move into yet another final, where he will chase his 13th French Open title.

At times he was made to work very hard by Schwartzman, but he eventually romped home 6-3, 6-3, 7-6 (7-0).

“I had a couple of mistakes,” Rafael Nadal said after the match.

“He played some good points. I knew against Diego it’s very difficult until the end.

“Two and a half weeks ago I lost in Rome, so I expected a very tough match. I’m happy with the way I played.

“With these conditions it’s very difficult, and it’s still incredible to be in the final again. Thanks to my team, my family. It’s a beautiful moment for me.”

Rafael Nadal lost to Diego Schwartzman in the Rome Masters last month, and he admits that match influenced his tactics in the semi-final.

“I lost to him in Rome, so I knew it would be a tough clash.
“We have been playing a lot of matches, and he was better and better every single time.

“I didn’t play well in Rome, and he is always at a high level. Three days ago, he played an excellent match against Dominic Thiem.

“I looked at what happened in that match and what didn’t work for me in Rome, trying to change that and making it happen today.”

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