Rafael Nadal's first tournament in seven months ended with a loss to Diego Schwartzman in the quarterfinals of the Italian Open.
Rafael Nadal warned he knew how to fix his errors before his French Open title defence after crashing in the quarter-finals of the Rome Masters on Saturday, the final warm-up before Roland Garros.
The nine-times Rome champion, who had won all nine previous meetings against Schwartzman, struggled with his serve throughout the match and made a series of uncharacteristic unforced errors that proved to be his undoing. The Italian Open was the Spaniard's first tournament in over seven months and while he cruised through the previous two rounds, his rustiness showed from the outset against the 15th-ranked Schwartzman. Nadal committed 30 unforced errors to Schwartzman's 17 and had his serve broken five times.