Rafael Nadal into 13th semi-final

Rafael Nadal into 13th semi-final

October 7, 2020

Hits out at “Dangerous” night life

Paris: Rafael Nadal reached his 13th Roland Garros semi-final early Wednesday with a straight sets win over Italian teenager Jannik Sinner but claimed it was “dangerous” to finish at 1.30 in the morning when the temperature had plummeted to 12 degrees (53F). 

Nadal, the 12-time champion, defeated 19-year-old Sinner 7-6 (7/4), 6-4, 6-1 to clinch a 98th victory in his 100th match at the French Open. He will next face Diego Schwartzman, the diminutive Argentine over whom he holds a 9-1 career advantage.

However, Nadal, more accustomed to the bright sunshine of Mallorca than the autumn chill of a French Open pushed back four months due to Corona pandemic, was unhappy with organisers who scheduled five matches on the main Court Philippe Chatrier.

“I know footballers play under these conditions, but they are all the time moving,” said Nadal after the latest-ever finishing match at the tournament. “We stop, we come back, we stop on the changeovers. I think this is a little bit dangerous for the body with these very heavy conditions.”

Nadal and Sinner only got on court at 10.30 pm after Schwartzman and Thiem had taken five hours to decide their quarter-final. 

They also had to wait for another women’s last-eight tie to be completed.

“I don’t know why they put five matches on Chatrier. It’s a risk,” added 34-year-old Nadal who finished his news conference at 2.10.

Nadal will be playing in a 34th semi-final at the majors when he takes on Schwartzman at 9 pm (IST) on Oct. 9.

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Women’s Singles

Argentina’s Nadia Podoroska became the first qualifier in the Open era on Tuesday to reach the women’s semi-finals at Roland Garros after stunning third seed Elina Svitolina 6-2, 6-4. 

World number 131 Podoroska had never won a Grand Slam main draw match before the tournament and is the first Argentine woman to reach the last four of a major since Paola Suarez in Paris in 2004.  

The 23-year-old Podoroska will play Polish teenager Iga Swiatek tomorrow (Oct. 8) for a place in Saturday’s final.


Quarter-Finals (Men’s Singles)

> 13 Andrey Rublev Vs 5 Stefanos Tsitsipas 6.00 pm

> 1 Novak Djokovic Vs 17 Pablo Carreño Busta 8.00 pm

Women’s Singles

> 7 Petra Kvitová Vs Laura Siegemund 3.30 pm

> Danielle Rose Collins Vs 4 Sofia Kenin 4.45 pm

Women’s Doubles

> 14 Alexa Guarachi & Desirae Krawczyk

Vs 7 Shuko Aoyama & Ena Shibahara 3.30 pm

> Jessica Pegula & Asia Muhammad

Vs Nicole Melichar & Iga Świątek 5.30 pm


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