Although from next Monday he will be part of that select group, Diego schwartzman took a healthy habit a few years ago and reconfirmed in Roland Garros: beat players located in the Top 10.
It is not news that he is in the tennis elite but to overcome to the top 10 players in the ranking It is something that does not happen every day and, for Small, it became a healthy habit.
His first victory against a Top 10 was nothing more and nothing less than against his friend, Dominic Thiem: at that time being the 7th in the world, Peque eliminated him from Canadian Masters 1000 2017 by 6-4, 6-7 (7) and 7-5. As if that were not enough, he adds two other successes against his great friend: Buenos Aires 2019 (2-6, 6-5 and 7-6 (5)) and the aforementioned Roland Garros in a marathon match at the Bois de Boulogne for 7-6 (1), 5-7, 6-7 (6), 7-6 (5) and 6-2.
In the cement of Flushing Meadows in the 2017 season he achieved a sensational victory against Marin cilic (7th by then) by 4-6, 7-5, 7-5 and 6-4. His next win against a player located in this lot had an extra prize, being his first comeback after two sets down: 1-6, 2-6, 7-5, 7-6 and 6-2 a Kevin Anderson (7th at that time), also in Paris.
Last year, together with Thiem’s in Buenos Aires, was the year with the most victories against the best 10 in the world. Beat Kei nishikori (6th) by 6-4 and 6-2 in the Rome Masters 1000, 3-6, 6-2, 6-4 and 6-3 a Alexander Zverev (6th) at the US Open and 6-4 and 6-2 a Karen khachanov (9th) in the ATP 500 from Vienna.
By context and rival, his best victory was in the past Rome Masters 1000, where he beat Rafael Nadal (2nd) by 6-2 and 7-5. Coincidentally, the Mallorcan will be his next contender. Can he Little beat the king In the yard of your house?