World No.14 Diego Schwartzman has been showcasing his best clay-court tennis last couple of months. While Argentine reached the Italian Open 2020 finals after defeating King of Clay Rafael Nadal on the way, he has now confirmed his place at the quarterfinals of the French Open 2020.
After making his first ATP Masters 1000 Finals at Rome Master last month, Diego was seeded 12th in the Paris major event. Whereas the 28-years-old lost only 30 games in his previous four matches, he will now face his friend and the US Open 2020 Champion Dominic Thiem to reserve a semifinals place. Additionally, the quarterfinals match will take place on Tuesday.
However, after a comfortable victory in the round of 16, He said, “I am very happy because I didn’t arrive in the clay season playing very well, and I didn’t expect to [reach] the final in Rome [and] the quarter-finals here, not losing a set.”
“Last Two Weeks I Have Done On Clay Shows That I Have Chances”: Diego Schwartzman
Speaking about his quarterfinals match, Diego believes his past couple of week clay court experiences will help him play well against his friend Thiem.
Commenting over Thiem’s previous match against the host Gaston, Diego said, “I saw the fifth set, the last 4 or 5 games. It was an incredible game. Hugo Gaston played fantastically.”
He continued, “Then I was relaxing on the bike, and Dominic said to me: “come on, this is the last time we see each other until our next game. He tried to hit my elbow like that. And then, of course, he played a fabulous game.”
While Diego likes Gaston’s playing strategy against Thiem, he would like to follow the same one in his match with Austrian.
In conclusion, Schwartzman expressed, “But considering the way I play, the last two weeks I have done on clay shows that I have chances. Hugo Gaston won the third and fourth set against Dominic, and it worked for him. I’ll try to do the same and keep it behind the bottom line because I know when he starts to be aggressive, it’s really tough to beat.