French Open LIVE: FREE stream, start time as Nadal vs Schwartzman in first semi with Spaniard aiming for 13th final

RAFAEL NADAL is bidding to reach yet ANOTHER French Open final.

He takes on Diego Schwartzman in the first semi-final on clay before Novak Djokovic plays Stefanos Tsitsipas.

Semi-final one match kicks off at 1.50pm UK time, with the second semi-final pencilled in for 4pm.

The matches are available on Eurosport 1 and ITV 4, as well as ITV Hub.

Keep up to date with our live blog, below…

  • Etienne Fermie

    FEELING COLD

    Rafael Nadal's quarter-final victory over Jannik Sinner took both players deep into the night on Chatrier.

    The match finished just before 1:30am local time… but it wasn't the late finish that irked the Spaniard, but the cold, even 'dangerous' conditions.

    He said after the 7-6, 6-4, 6-1 triumph: “Of course, it is not an ideal finish, a match at 1.30 in the morning. But the problem is the weather… Honestly, it is very, very cold to play tennis, no?

    “I know football players play under these conditions, but it is a little bit different. They are all the time moving.

    “We stop, we come back, we stop on the changeovers. It is a sport that you are stopped in a lot of moments, no? I think it is a little bit dangerous for the body to play with these very heavy conditions.”

  • Etienne Fermie

    RETURN GAME

    While diminutive in height, standing at 5ft 7in on his tippy toes, Diego Schwartzman possesses an outstanding ground game from the back of the court.

    Matches involving the 28-year-old tend to involve many breaks of serve, with the Argentine so adept at making life awkward for his opponents.

    In fact, his recent first round clash with Cam Norrie at the US Open set a tournament record for most break points ever recorded in a match with an astonishing 58.

    Unfortunately for Schwartzman, he fell to the Brit that day – but it's safe to say that he's fared a lot better this fortnight.

  • Etienne Fermie

    RAF AND READY

    First up on Chatrier we have defending champion Rafael Nadal taking on 12th seed Diego Schwartzman.

    The Spaniard, 34, has never lost a semi-final at the French Open, having won all 12 of his previous encounters on the dirt.

    In his way this time, rather than Dominic Thiem as had been anticipated, is Argentine Schwartzman – who dumped him out of the Rome Masters 1000 just three weeks ago.

  • <a href='http://www.thesun.co.uk/sport' rel='external nofollow ugc' class='url'>Alex Terrell</a>

    GOOD AFTERNOON

    Welcome to SunSport’s live blog of the two men’s semi-finals at the French Open.

    We’ve got Rafa Nadal vs Diego Schwartzman up first before Novak Djokovic against Stefanos Tsitsipas.

    Tsitsipas aims to use Dominic Thiem as inspiration as he tries to break the Big Three's Slam stranglehold.

    Austrian Thiem, 27, lifted the US Open last month — the first man outside of Djokovic, Rafa Nadal and Roger Federer to win a tennis major in four years.

    Tsitsipas, 22, will be the underdog when he faces world No 1 Djokovic in today's French Open semi.

    Greece's No 5 seed said: “What Dominic has achieved is amazing.

    “Being able to have back-to-back finals here at the French in 2018 and 2019 is inspiring.

    “Dominic is someone that makes me want to push even further to reach what he has.”

    Djokovic struggled with a neck and shoulder injury in his quarter-final win over Pablo Carreno Busta.

    Tsitsipas added: “It doesn't matter if he is injured. I have to play the way I have to play.”

    Champion Rafa Nadal continues his quest for a 13th French Open crown.

    His next obstacle is Argentine Schwartzman, who he lost to in the Italian Open quarter-finals three weeks ago.

    Spaniard Nadal, 34, said: “I'm going to try to do something different than what I did in Rome.”

    Poland's Iga Swiatek, 19, smashed Nadia Podoroska 6-2 6-1 in the women's semi-final to set up a final with Sofia Kenin who beat Petra Kvitova 6-4 7-5.

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