Auspicious debut. Argentine Diego Schwartzman (9th) beat Frances Tiafoe (65th) 3-6, 7-5 and 6-1 at the start of his participation in the ATP 500 in Barcelona. His rival in the round of 16 will be Frenchman Corentin Moutet (75th).
It was the first confrontation between both players and the coin fell on the Argentine side. In a highly contested start of the match, the little He was solid with his right hand and punished the American on more than one occasion.
But the No. 65 in the world was not intimidated and, with a very lucid tennis and a lot of will, managed to keep the rhythm of the first set, connect good shots and break at the right time and close the first set in his favor by 6- 3.
The start of the second set seemed to be a continuation of the first. Tiafoe continued to demonstrate his good sessions in the brick dust of Barcelona.
The Argentine could not find his best version and each point he won was celebrated with great euphoria to try to cheer himself up, stay in the game and take things to a decisive set.
Perhaps, the key moment of the meeting was when Schwartzman was with his serve 2-4 and 15-40, with the possibility that Tiafoe will stretch his advantage over the Argentine and serve for the game. But the N ° 9 of the ranking was able to recover, he began to play better and better and traced the score to close it by 7-5.
In the deciding set and based on superlative tennis, Peque was the clear dominator of the actions, showed freshness in his shots and made it clear that he was not passing through in Barcelona.
Finally, the Argentine settled the match 3-6, 7-5 and 6-1 to advance to the next round where his rival will be Moutet, who had just eliminated Daniel Evans. It will be the first confrontation between both players.