Struff, the next litmus test for Schwartzman


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Struff, the next litmus test for Schwartzman

Diego Schwartzman (10th) already knows his next rival. The Argentine will face Jan-Lennard Struff (42nd) in the round of 16 at Roland Garros, who beat Carlos Alcaraz (97 °) by 6-4, 7-6 (3) and 6-2 to continue advancing in the Parisian competition.

A priori, the expectations for this fourth round match are more than promising. Peque, who notably raised his level with respect to what had been his tour on clay, so far he has not given up any sets in the tournament and has just beaten Philipp Kohlschreiber (132 °). This, possibly, will be his first great trial by fire in Paris.

On the other hand, Struff is going through a great tennis moment. Not only is he responsible for Andrey Rublev (7th) having fired in the first round, but he also beat Facundo Bagnis (104th) and Alcaraz, the young Spanish promise who played a correct match but did not reached.

A) Yes, the German is emerging as a dangerous rival for Schwartzman. The service has been its main weapon, from where he manages to position himself with solidity and take advantage in each turn of service. But he also showed, in the last games, be a versatile player who moves with ease all over the court, which threatens his forehand and can even surprise with certain unexpected blows.

For the eighths of the maximum annual clay event, Schwartzman and Struff will play their third duel: for now they do not take advantage, since there is a victory per side. In 2017 they played first, at the Monte-Carlo Masters 1000, and the victory went to the Argentine after a solid 6-3 and 6-0. Two years later, in the Davis Cup, the German took revenge and beat him 6-3 and 7-6 (8).


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