“Rafa is unbeatable here,” Schwartzman told reporters. “He always finds a way to win. hopefully next year I will not be in his half but in Djokovic’s.”
Here are the other key numbers heading into the latest chapter of the Nadal-Djokovic rivalry:
$1.9 million: Prize money for the French Open champion, while the runner-up takes home about $950,000 and the semifinal losers about $500,000.
105-2: Nadal’s record at the French Open, where his only two losses came to Robin Soderling (2009) and Djokovic (2015).
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35: Number of matches Nadal has won in a row at the French. He has captured the last four titles (2017-20).
“A few years ago I was seen as the guy who was going to take over the tennis world,” Zverev said. “I was winning Masters 1000s and ATP Finals, but couldn’t get deep in Grand Slams. Yes, we have seen Rafa win Majors at a very young age, but what Rafa has achieved is not human.”
79-15: Djokovic’s record at Roland Garros. He has the second most wins at the French.