This Sunday, Diego schwartzman He again gave the note by beating Denis Shapovalov by 6-4, 5-7 and 7-6 (4) and, in this way, he agreed to the grand final of the Master 1000 in Rome, where he will face the Croatian Novak Djokovic, who eliminated Casper Ruud in the semifinal.
A tournament that, without a doubt, and regardless of what happens in the decisive duel that will be played this Monday, will go down in history for the Argentine. In addition to having reached a defining duel of a Master 1,000 for the first time in his career, the Peque had the luxury of beating Rafael Nadal in the semifinal, in what meant his first triumph over the Spanish.
On ESPN Tennis, a review of his way to the grand final.
In what was his first appearance in Rome, Schwartzman, who in 2019 had reached the semis, won a real battle that lasted two hours and 17 minutes, against the Australian John Millman. The result was 6-4 and 7-6 (1) and that was how they qualified for the round of 16.
In that instance, the rival would be the Pole Hubert Hurkacz, and with a performance that went from low to high, the Argentine settled down and finally managed to get a victory that put him among the eight best in the tournament played on brick dust. in the capital of Italy. The match lasted 2 hours and 9 minutes, and the result was 3-6, 6-2 and 6-4.
Then came the game that he described as “the best of his life.” Of course: in the quarterfinals, Peque’s rival was none other than Rafael Nadal, the second highest ranked player in the world. After 9 consecutive defeats against the Spaniard, this time, the Argentine surpassed him for the first time in his career (6-2 and 7-5) and that is how, historically, he advanced to the semifinal.
It was his turn to face Denis Shapovalov. Schwartzman wanted to continue making history. And that is exactly what she did. After a duel as even as it was spectacular, the final result was 6-4, 5-7 and 7-6 (4) in favor of the Argentine. As the situation warranted, in the last set -which was to frame- a situation was experienced not suitable for the faint of heart. It was blow for blow. Break for break. The Argentine to the Canadian, and the Canadian to the Argentine. Everything resulted in a passionate tie-break, in which Peque managed to prevail. The photo says it all. Hands in the air. Closed eyes. Smile from ear to ear. It’s that clear: for the first time in his career, Schwartzman will be in the definition of a Master 1,000.