Pineapple to the chin of Diego Schwartzman’s tennis. And one of those knockout ones. Diego Schwartzman, No. 9 in the world and eighth seed, lost to Russian Aslan Karatsev (114th) and was eliminated from the Australian Open.
At the age of 28, the current leader of Argentine and Latin American tennis fell to Karatsev, a year younger and Coming from the qualifying phase, 6-3, 6-3 and 6-3 in less than two hours of play at Melbourne Park.
Roland Garros semifinalist last year, that being his best task in a Grand Slam, the Argentine player arrived with good intentions but ran into a superlative server. Now the winner will go to Denis Shapovalov (12th ATP) and Felix Auger-Aliassime (19th).
For his part, the Russian advances to fourth of a Grand Slam for the first time in his career and has entered the Top 100 since the next publication of the ATP ranking. There are no more Latin Americans in singles, between men and women.