Nadal learns from his mistakes to reign at Roland Garros
After his elimination in the quarterfinals of Rome, Rafael Nadal is already focused on the great appointment of the season: Roland Garros. The one from Manacor arrives in Paris in unusual circumstances: September, with hardly any filming and without having bitten any title on clay. In addition, the Philippe Chatrier this year will finally be able to release its retractable cover, which will vary the conditions of a track on which the Spaniard has lifted the Musketeers’ Cup 12 times.
Rome wakes up trying to digest that one of its heroes is no longer in the tournament, just on a day when a privileged public will be able to occupy part of the stands to live in situ the semifinals. Diego Schwartzman dressed as an executioner (6-2 and 7-5) on Saturday night and dropped nine-time champion Rafa Nadal from the tournament. Now the one from Manacor already only has in mind the appointment in Paris in just one week, limited time but enough to correct some things before the French Grand Slam.
It was not easy to come back after half a year out of competition. Nadal left good feelings in his first two games, but ran into a masterful Diego Schwartzman who stopped him for the first time in his career. This has made Nadal appear in Paris without having bitten any title in clay with his defeat on the track in which he regained confidence last year after falling in Monte Carlo, Barcelona and Madrid. Yes, other times he fell in Rome and did not prevent him from winning after Roland Garros (2008, 2011, 2014 and 2017).
The Manacor man knows that the lack of filming has taken its toll, but just a few minutes after the defeat he already had his improvement plan in mind. Paris is Nadal territory and although this year the company is more complicated due to the numerous circumstances, the Balearic is still the rival to beat on clay and in a five-set match the story changes.