New step forward. Diego Schwartzman suffered a lot against Alejandro Davidovich Fokina, saved a match point and finally reached the semifinals at the ATP 250 in Cologne II, being the first time in his professional career that he has reached the semis in three consecutive tournaments.
After the accessible victory of the debut, in the round of 16, over the local Oscar Otte (141 ° in the ranking), the best tennis player in Argentina and currently in Latin America, he placed second on the hard surface of the German tournament, indoors.
Schwartzman, No. 9 in the world, playing his first competition as World Top 10, lost 6-2 and 5-2 and Davidovich served to try to win the victory, but the Albiceleste recovered with claw and intelligence and finally won the match 2-6, 7-6 (3) and 6-1 for the quarters final.
The 28-year-old Argentine and second-seeded in the second straight week in which an ATP is played in Cologne, suffered against the young Spaniard (64th ATP), 21 years old. He is now 22-10 in 2020 and has reached 165 official career victories.
In this way, he advanced to the semifinals in three consecutive tournaments, something unprecedented in his entire professional career. He has just reached that round at the Masters 1000 in Rome, where he was even a finalist, at Roland Garros and now, far from the slow clay, on hard court and indoors.
Without doubts that the great objective of the Argentine is to dispute the ATP Finals that will be in London. Schwartzman is still on fire for one of the two vacant tickets to play for the first time in the select championship that brings together the eight best on the circuit.
On Saturday, Schwartzman will face Canada’s Felix Auger-Aliassime (22nd), who beat Japanese Yoshihito Nishioka (56th) 6-3, 6-4 at the end of the quarterfinal day.
The other semi duel will be played by the rising Italian Jannick Sinner (46th) and the German Alexander Zverev (7th), recent champion in Cologne and main favorite, who eliminated the Frenchman Adrian Mannarino (41st) 6-4, 6 -7 (5) and 6-4. The former defeated Frenchman Gilles Simon (58th, former Top 10) in a generational duel 6-3, 0-6 and 6-4.