Former players Jim Courier and Tim Henman believe that Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will pass the semi-finals of Roland Garros.
Schwartzman and Novak Djokovic confronted Stefanos Tsitsipas. These are all games that are expected to be difficult for two “Big 3” players, when Schwartzman is in high form and Tsitsipas is capable of exploding in big games. Nadal lost to Schwartzman in Rome last month, and Djokovic was injured in the win over Pablo Carreno Busta two days ago.
Tsitsipas faced no easy task, having to be the first to defeat Djokovic in a complete 2020 match. The only time “Nole” failed this year was when he was disqualified. round four of the US Open.
“Tsitsipas will have to hit diverse, constantly changing the spin and depth of the ball when playing Djokovic”, said Henman. “He will have to take risks. Tsitsipas has the perfect set of skills, but it is difficult to maximize his abilities in a five-set match against the greatest player like Djokovic.”
Before Djokovic plays Tsitsipas, Nadal will meet Schwartzman at 19:50, Hanoi time. “Clay King” won against Argentina in 10 of 11 encounters, but the last defeat caused many people to doubt Nadal’s ability to reach the final.
“Both are going to come out and understand that Diego can completely beat Nadal,” Courier said. “It’s a mindset they both didn’t have before the game in Rome. The five-set format makes it difficult for Diego to repeat that feat. The fact is that Nadal has won five games without losing a set. His motivation is now. now also much bigger than in Rome. “
Nadal has also repeatedly complained about the cold, humid weather in the Paris autumn – which is not favorable for his high bounce style. “Although Nadal’s ball does not bounce as high as every year, due to the effects of the weather and the new ball, it usually bounces up to 5 feet (more than 1.5 meters)”, said Courier. “Therefore, Schwartzman, with a height of 1m70, will have to work hard if he wants to attack on the backhand, sometimes he will have to jump to play the ball.”