- Nadia Podoroska [Q] def. Elina Svitolina 6-2 6-4
- Diego Schwartzman  def. Dominic Thiem  7-6(1) 5-7 6-7(6) 7-6(5) 6-2
PARIS, FRANCE – No crying for anyone in Argentina as Nadia Podoroska and Diego Schwartzman secured their berths in the Roland Garros semi-finals.
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Nadia Podoroska [Q] def. Elina Svitolina 6-2 6-4
Qualifier Nadia Podoroska’s winning streak continues as she powered past Elina Svitolina, who surely must have believed this would be her big chance to reach a maiden Slam final. Instead she got caught up in her head as the qualifier powered through her own game and has now notched up 13 games on the bounce.
Podoroska said, after her match: “Fortunately I [feel] completely fresh. I don’t have any pain or any problem in my body. The week before Roland Garros, I also won a tournament. I played five more matches in a row. Fortunately I’m good.”
For Svitolina it will be back to the drawing board, after perhaps the best opportunity she would have ever had to advance to a maiden Slam final. And perhaps for a surface that suits her the best, she has made it to the semi-final stage at the US Open and Wimbledon.
She said: “It was a tough match for me today. Lots of things were not going my way. I wish I could handle the match a little bit different.
“But to be fair, you know, she really played a great match. With the conditions, it was not easy for me to change something. In the end here and there I was, yeah, I was not 100% mentally on it today, and that was really disappointing.”
Diego Schwartzman  def. Dominic Thiem  7-6(1) 5-7 6-7(6) 7-6(5) 6-2
More was to come for Argentina as two good friends tackled each other for a five-set roller-coaster that proved to be a match too far for newly crowned US Open champion Dominic Thiem who was ousted by Diego Schwartzman in a tight match.
A two-time finalist, this year Thiem would have faced the prospect of Rafael Nadal once more, but in the semi-final and after the battle to beat Hugo Gaston, it looked as though Thiem was starting to feel the effect of that match.
Thiem said, after the match: “I was over the limit today. But if I would have won, I mean, Diego in that case, he has two days off now. Maybe I would have recovered. Even though I’m physically and mentally on the edge, you never know in a slam. Especially tomorrow and Thursday off, two full days to recover. You never know what’s happening.
“At the end I gave everything what I had out there. It was an amazing match. I think the first in my career over five hours. Diego fully deserves it. Well, it’s fine.”
Schwartzman reaches his first Slam semi-final – and he comes into this tournament off his sole win against Nadal.
He said: “I know this week that I can beat him. That’s important thing. Sinner is a great player, a young player. He’s playing amazing tennis this week. We’ll see what happen that match.
“I know Rafa is the guy who has to win or who is in the best position to win today, and maybe play the semi-final against him. But I will see the match, just trying to enjoy. I have two days free so I’m not thinking yet about the semi-final. I’m thinking just about the crazy match I won. I’m very, very happy about the match and nothing else right now.”
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