Nadal learned from Rome defeat by Schwartzman, says Moya
PARIS (Reuters) - Rafa Nadal will be a tougher task for Diego Schwartzman than last month in Rome when they meet in the French Open semi-finals on Thursday, says Nadal's coach Carlos Moya.
The twelve-time French Open champion Nadal was surprisingly beaten 6: 2: 7: 5 by the Argentines in Rome - Schwartzman's first win against the Spaniard in ten encounters.
However, this was Nadal's first tournament in seven months and he has made it to the semifinals at Roland Garros without dropping a set despite being pushed hard in the early stages of his game against Jannick Sinner on Tuesday.
Schwartzman reaches his first Grand Slam semi-final after a five-hour win over US Open winner Dominic Thiem.
"The game in Rome was very strange because Rafa won two very good games against tough opponents," Moya told Eurosport.
"Against Schwartzman it was the first time he had problems with the score, and he didn't do very well physically or mentally.
"We learned from that moment and now he's at a great level with many more games. It's going to be an uphill mental battle and I think we have some weapons that Rafa can compete with with guarantees."
Nadal will be the overwhelming favorite to avenge the loss of Rome, although Moya says Schwartzman will be a tough challenge and will not be affected by his fight against Thiem.
"It will be a very difficult duel, as we saw in Rome. Diego's game against Thiem yesterday was unbelievable and I think even Diego could have won easier," said Moya.
"Diego is an amazing player and we don't think the physical factor will have too much of an impact."
Nadal has only lost two games at Roland Garros out of the 100 games he has played.
(Reporting by Martyn Herman, Editing by Ed Osmond)
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