French Open 2021: Rafael Nadal beats Diego Schwartzman in Paris

Nadal has won 105 of his 107 matches at Roland Garros
Nadal has won 105 of his 107 matches at Roland Garros

Defending champion Rafael Nadal reached a record-extending 14th French Open semi-final after outlasting Argentina’s Diego Schwartzman in a tricky battle played in front of 5,000 fans in Paris.

Spanish third seed Nadal, who has won the title on 13 occasions, won 6-3 4-6 6-4 6-0 against 10th seed Schwartzman on a buzzing Court Philippe Chatrier.

Nadal, 35, will face the winner of Serbian top seed Novak Djokovic or Italian ninth seed Matteo Berrettini.

The pair meet on Chatrier at 19:00 BST.

Djokovic, 34, avoided a shock fourth-round exit when he fought back from two sets down against teenager Lorenzo Musetti, leading 6-7 (7-9) 6-7 (2-7) 6-1 6-0 4-0 when the 19-year-old Italian retired.

Berrettini, 25, has not played since Saturday after he was given a walkover following Roger Federer’s withdrawal.

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